"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep"
- Scott Adams
We've all been through it. Maybe you're even going through it now. But I'm not convinced. In fact, I don't think it's really even a thing. I don't think the state of "being un-inspired" exists. I think it's something we made up, and I think it's something that's just as easy to get out of as it is to get in to.
When I first began my photographic journey, I embarked on a 365-day challenge which led me through an array of emotions, experiences, and artistic creation. I had adventures I never knew were possible, saw and felt emotions I didn't know I had, found my life's calling, and in the most sensationalized way, I almost died... multiple times. But the best thing I got out of that entire project? The realization that every day is a new chance to create. And I don't mean just photos. Actually, yes, I totally do. At least for the purpose of this post.
"Every day is a new chance to create...."
Images shot with Kiara Rose, who is visiting from Australia and reminding me how important it is to continually create.
While this realization is incredible to come upon, it's also easy to lose sight of it. I did that, too, and it sucked. During my 365 project, I had periods where I felt "uninspired," but really, inspiration is not something you feel. It's something you actively do. As soon as I got out there to create that day's image, all uninspiration left me. I was never uninspired. I was just unhappy with what I created, and that's totally fine, because it forms your visual taste and style, and pushes you further - but the key is to keep creating.
"I was just unhappy with what I created, and that's totally fine, because it forms your visual taste and style, and pushes you further - but the key is to keep creating..."
Something that's helped me beyond any other source of inspiration is continually creating, shooting things just for fun, as well as shooting my planned out ideas. I also set aside one day a week, every week, without fail, to go out and shoot. Even if I don't have an idea to shoot, I go out and create. I make a day out of it.
While it's important to create from a planned space - a space where your ideas are written down to even the littlest of details, it's also incredibly important to keep shooting for fun, whenever you can. For us as artists, the most important thing we can do is stay creative, and creativity? It's a muscle, and it needs to be exercised. It's cliché, and I don't care, because it's completely true. If I set my camera down for more than even a few days, I can feel the wear on my soul. Creatives are meant to create, so get out form behind the screen of your computer, grab a friend or a tripod, and go make something. It doesn't matter what it is. It doesn't matter if you like it. But putting yourself behind that shutter button gives you every opportunity in the world to create the best image you've never seen, until you decide that you make your own inspiration. Own it.
"Putting yourself behind that shutter button gives you every opportunity in the world to create the best image you've never seen, until you decide that you make your own inspiration. Own it."
I'm on a mission to show that the light will always pierce through the darkness.