Watching and Waiting

Commode chair by the window at West Park abandoned asylum (Viveca Koh)

Been absent from here for a while – I was becoming disheartened with my work which was leading to Serious Gloom, and really needed a break from the computer – still feeling this way to be honest, but felt it was important to try working on an image and getting it posted.

So not really ‘feeling it’, but here’s one from West Park taken in March. I sense that I’m not coming up with anything original anymore, rather “oh, here’s another textured photograph from Viveca – whatever”, but maybe this perception is because of my general mood ….. I don’t know ….

Any thoughts and feedback would be very welcome!

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7 Responses to “Watching and Waiting”

  1. andy gimino says:

    I feel the same way sometimes…this is a great image! I like compositions like this…makes me wonder about the place and who may have lived there. Nicely done.
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  2. Catherine says:

    Really sorry you are feeling down with your photography at the moment V. This is a wonderful composition nonetheless: the play of shapes between the lampshade and the commode seat in the centre is really effective.

    What you say did make me wonder if you’re simply coming to the end of one creative cycle of work on these textured urbex images, and are experiencing that in-between place of gloom & dissatisfaction that’s part of growing as an artist: which you come out of feeling inspired again and ready for fresh creative challenges.

    Whatever’s going on, it’s always a pleasure to see your work, and I know you’ll keep going, keep growing, and keep becoming an even more brilliant photographer than you already are. XX

    • Viveca Koh says:

      Thank you Cat, another remarkably perceptive comment, and I think you have answered this for me too. I am very hard on myself when it comes to critiquing my work, and I’m always striving to improve what I do, so this could well be a part of that. I don’t ever want to get stale and predictable, and hope that I will continue to grow as a creative photographer and artist 🙂

  3. Kristi Hines says:

    I have times like that, and I find that during those times, I want to take more gloomy, desolate shots. It’s almost like my photography matches my mood – bright colorful flowers when things are going well, dark, abandoned urbex when it’s not.

    Your work from what I have seen so far (the close up of the letters and this shot) is beautiful. I hope you get out of your gloom soon and feel great about what you do, because it is very, very good. And don’t feel bad if you post what seems like the same “trend” in images. If it fits your mood, then I’d say go for it! 🙂
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    • Viveca Koh says:

      Thanks Kristi for your very perceptive comment, and I can agree with you wholeheartedly about mood matching one’s photographs, as it certainly does for me. Expect photos of dead things and gravestones any day now!

      But seriously, thank you for your encouragement – I really do appreciate it, and it helps me to feel slightly less down on myself than I was before 🙂

  4. I am really sorry to hear of your situation there Viveca; it happens to us all at one time or another, for sure; you’re not alone there. Sometimes being so close to our own work results in a loss of true vision, if you know what I mean there. I love this photo today… I ain’t going to mention the word texture (LOL), but I can say the composition is spot-on and I just absolutely love the drama that commode brings to the scene… and that lamp hanging from the ceiling there is an awesome touch of goodness!! GREAT photo my friend, I love it! Best wishes to you; we’re thinking of you guys here on the West Coast of Canada!!
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