Sunday, December 7, 2014

Break Through Creative Blocks as a Photographer.

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art”. (Ansel Adams)

In order to understand what creativity is, let’s try to define it. Creativity is defined as:
•    the tendency to generate ideas or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems in new ways;
•    mental characteristic that allows a person to think “outside of the box”;
•    the ability to make new things, to develop an idea based on an original and unusual approach or to produce works of art.

Synonyms of creativity are: inventiveness, imagination, innovation, originality, individuality, artistry, expressiveness, inspiration, vision.

Our modern sense of creativity is associated with producing things. Even if you have creative imagination it’s no guarantee that your artistic vision will always find a way to express itself, and if it’s so and you don’t make anything it could mean that you’re “blocked.”

There are several external reasons that can cause this block: stress, fear, exhaustion, etc. The reasons could be hidden within us too.

We’ve heard about writers who can’t start the first sentence, composers who can’t create a melody, painters who stare at a blank canvas. But this problem touches upon artists of all types including photographers. No original ideas, boredom, and a complete creative block.

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt”. (Sylvia Plath)

It’s difficult to avoid this creative block. But it’s possible to find ways to overcome it and to find a way to be creative every day. Many of the world’s great artists follow a consistent schedule. For example Haruki Murakami wakes up at 4 a.m., writes for five hours, and then goes for a run. Habits and schedules are very important. They can be your first key for everyday creativity and anyone can cultivate creativity. Do top achievers in any field (including photography) have fears, do they suffer from a lack of inspiration at times? Of course they do, they are humans after all. But incorporating a schedule is one of the ways which they often prefer to use in order to get over self-doubt and to begin their day productively anyway.

Here’s one additional idea for you when you have a creative block. You might want to try to change white balance and have several photos. You’ll notice that there is no right or wrong way to take photographs, there’s variety of creative ways.

Thank you for reading!