Meeting new people and collaborating
Moving to Nottingham after uni was a tough transition. I went from having a group of friends to knowing virtually no one. On top of that, I was working from home for the first year or so, which made it even harder to get social.
Being a freelancer means combatting loneliness, but I've found that it's better for my social life than having a full-time, working from home position. I've met up with a few local creatives, and 2018 is the year when I make an effort to really engross myself in the local community. Just having my camera round my neck has started a few conversations with strangers, so maybe that's my "in".
Shooting for fun and finding a project
The creative rut that I've been speaking about has one major cause: working for the sake of work. When that seeps into my photography, it's a problem. I want to take photos because it's what I love, not just because it's what is paying the bills now.
I've been shooting more film lately, and that always helps me to refocus on why I enjoy photography. I'm currently toying with a few different project ideas - maybe a mixture of short and long term projects to keep me occupied.
I've also been approaching personal projects in a different way, of late. I used to think that I needed an idea to be fully-formed before I could commit to it. Now, I'm much more open to letting things evolve naturally. I've been reading more widely, looking at other art forms, and generally opening up to more cool stuff.