I already did some reportage-style work a couple of years ago, documenting a farmer's life (see photos above), the life of an artist, and a police officer's job.
Now I'm working on a photo essay again, which is something lots of great photographers have been doing before me, e.g. W. Eugene Smith (the Country Doctor for Life Magazine).
It just reminds me how important it is to look at other photographer's work in order to be inspired and to learn.
You should really absorb yourself in photography if you want to improve, which means not only taking photos all the time, but looking at other people's photographs, reading about photography, going to exhibitions, etc.
When I come across great photography it usually motivates me so much that I set high ambitions for myself, it really pushes me to become better.
Have you experienced that before? Feeling motivated to improve just from looking at great photography work?