One thing I find so easy to neglect is working on the ideas behind my photography.  What am I trying to say?  What is my intention?  What floats my boat?  What really gets me going and what are the reasons for that?  When I do work on my ideas I find it can be an opportunity to reconnect with what really inspires me to take photographs in the first place.   Of course, it’s the quality of the ideas that can make or break a project.   But how do we get them?  I think there must be a combination of some effort and some inspiration.  A bit like an aircraft taking off, there needs to be an element of getting up to speed down a runway and then a moment of take-off.  Or perhaps it’s the other way round – which Robert Graves described – as seeing clearly for a moment and then having to work tirelessly to recapture and recreate that vision.  I tend to look for ideas ‘out there’, as if the ideas are something separate and distinct from who I am, and how I feel.  So I’m trying – I admit I don’t find it easy – to listen to what is within, to that inner treasure that all of us uniquely possess.  ‘If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself,’ remarked the American psychologist Rollo May.  But how easy is that to do?  Perhaps we need help….