A couple months ago
I was part of a photo challenge to create a diptych. While I understood what it was, I had a hard time seeing relationships between two apparently distinct subjects. My brain just wasn't recognizing visual patterns and relationships, so my entries were sub par to say the least.
Then POW! This afternoon I was looking at a couple of my photographs for a totally unrelated reason, and I suddenly saw the pattern between a self portrait and a nature image. And very quickly I found two other sets of images where there was a similiarity between the self portrait and the nature photograph.
To be honest, I think it was more fun to discover these relationships between old photographs than trying to create something new. In many ways I'm too "close" to my images. They almost become a part of me, and because I've seen then so often, I lose that fresh perspective that you have when you look at one of my photographs. For me to see something new in my own photographs doesn't happen very often!
Has this ever happened to you, where you've looked at the same things over and over, and then suddenly one day you see something new, or a new use? I think people who can repurpose furniture and other items into something totally different have that kind of vision. Now I definitely don't have that skill!