I shot this using Kodak 400UC in an Olympus OM-1 someone gave me. (Camera or lens contributions are always welcome, by the way.) You might be interested to know that the white dot you see framed in the upper part of the gate is a tennis ball the boys were bouncing against the wall.
The meter doesn't work in this camera, so I based the exposure on memory. A local lab scanned the film as part of its normal processing package. I did the black & white conversion in Photoshop. Since I normally shoot and print color with a DSLR, the way most advanced amateurs do these days, this little experiment definitely qualifies as a rut-buster.
If you find yourself shooting the same sort of thing over and over again, doing it the same way every time, and producing photos you aren't particularly delighted with, you could be in a creative rut. You need a splash of cold water, a breath of fresh air, a new perspective. You need a rut-buster. Here, in no particular order, are a few ideas for how to change your game and come up with something new. There's no need to try them all at once, but feel free to combine a few.
Shoot with a different camera. If you normally shoot digital, try film again. If you normally shoot film, try digital, or a different film format, or a rangefinder, or a twin-lens reflex. Because a different camera forces you to do things differently it can cause you to see things differently.
Shoot with a different lens. You zoomers might want to see what the fuss about fixed focal length lenses is all about. You prime lens snobs might try renting or borrowing a zoom for a few days. But don't just try something that's in the focal length range you always use. Go for something a lot wider or longer. It will seem weird at first, maybe even uncomfortable. That's good. Stick with it for at least a hundred shots and you'll be surprised at what you come up with.
Set limits. Limits eliminate distracting options and by doing so they help focus the mind. One of the most classic limits is to shoot in black and white rather than color. Many digital cameras these days have a B&W mode that produces raw files with a B&W display and JPEGs. If you'd prefer to shoot color, then limit your palette to two or three colors. Or limit yourself to one neighborhood, one block, one building, or even one room inside that building. Whatever limit you set, good faith effort can yield amazing results.
Emulate a style you admire. Emulate is a nice way of say "copy" or "imitate." That's okay: Even copying someone who's very good at what they do is not easy. Even if you don't succeed, you can learn a lot by trying. And don't worry about being seen as a copy-cat. Even the masters were influenced by other masters, yet in the end they could not escape being themselves and neither can you.
I could probably come up with several more, but I think you get the idea. Shake things up. Get out of your comfort zone. Take risks. After all, if you really hate the results it costs you nothing to delete them later. And if anyone reading this has any rut-busting suggestions to share with the rest of us, please feel free. We're all friends here, right?