What happens when you don’t have clarity in your ART? Maybe you are at a loss on what you want to photograph? Do you feel like you have hit the proverbial wall?
I would love to hear what you have to say and how it makes you feel. How do you work through it? WHY is there is no formula?
I know many of you who have taken workshops with me know how I feel about formulas.
THEY DON’T WORK. Sometimes we forget to trust OUR creative process. It isn’t linear; there are ups and downs and bumps.That is the definition of a process. There isn’t a quick fix.
Creativity has a life of its own. You have to have those dry spells in order to have those AHA MOMENTS…..
How do you work through this?
How do we get new inspiration, especially if we think we just keep making the same images over and over?
For me, I am at a crossroads or maybe a pause. For the first time in my career, I am really ok with this. Most of my photography has been influenced by my internal psychology; in other words I work out my life through my images. Case in point: doing fine art weddings for 25 years. I was trying to get the marriage thing right so every weekend I would do a new wedding, new love, new possibilities.
Here are some self assignments:
- Don’t judge yourself. Judgement and perfectionism are creativity killers.
- Photograph something you have never photographed before.
- Photograph from your hip, so you don’t over analyze what you are doing.
- Look at 100 images you have taken over the past 2 years, and see if you see a pattern. Maybe new subject matter that just keeps popping up? Pay attention to that.
- Try hand coloring your photographs.
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