The Thrill Was Gone

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Thursday, January 01, 2015
By Marci Sandler
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For the past couple of years, I have felt like I had lost my Mojo.  I was in a rut.  I had become disillusioned with life, society, and especially the photography profession, to which I have dedicated over 25 years - most of my life!   

For many years, I had been proud to call myself a "Professional Photographer".  I had worked long and hard to perfect my craft and earn that title.  But now that title meant nothing.  Almost everyone that owns a camera these days calls themselves a "Professional Photographer".  Or else they are married to, related to, or best friends with, someone that does.  So when I meet someone new and they ask me what I do, I am almost embarassed to say "I am a ""Professional Photographer."  It means absolutely nothing these days.

This was an identity crisis for me.  I questioned who I was...what my life was about.  I was no longer sure.

I grew tired of people lumping all "professional photography" into the same category.  For so many "good enough" was good enough, as long as it was cheap enough. There is no way I could create the quality of work I produce for a price that even comes close to what the faux photographers are charging.  So I was starting to lose the desire to create.  That was what really scared me.  Something had to give.  

So I decided to go back to Italy - the place in the world that had most inspired my creativity.  I spent ten weeks, exploring places off the beaten track and living with the locals.  In this blog I will share some of the incredible things I experienced.

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