Photography and creativity

Sometimes it all just gets to be too much, doesn’t it? I mean, your relatives want photographs of the family picnic. Your spouse can’t figure out why you won’t take her picture. You worst friend wants to hire you for ajob you don’t want want to do, why agreeing to pay you a pittance of your fee. It all sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Well, one person has the answer. Her name is Nina Katchadourian, and she is (of course) an artist. On a long-distance flight from San Francisco to Auckland, she figured the restrooms would have extended times when they would not be in use. She was right. After one foray in the lavatory, she took a toilet seat cover and simply pulled it down over her head (left). One thing led to another, and by the time the flight was over she had created enough work to have a series: “Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style.”

So, this is just a simple suggestion in order to give you permission to let your creative self go. Do something completely different. Shock your friends. Gain immeasurable respect. Grab the attention of critics.

Make a list of the ten things you would absolutely not photograph… then go out an photograph them. you will feel like a new person!

About Tim

Tim Anderson is the former publisher/managing editor of CameraArts magazine, and now produces Red Dog News, a bi-weekly photography-related e-newsletter that goes out to more than 15,000 subscribers. He recently began publishing Shadow & Light Magazine, a PDF photography magazine featuring portfolios, articles, and much more. For his personal photography, he specializes in fine art nudes, and recently participated in the show, "1x15." He manages several photography Websites and blogs, as well as his personal site ( He has juried all around the country for Review Santa Fe, Review LA, Photo Lucida, The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Gala Awards, The Palm springs Photo Festival, etc. He is also a published poet, and recently released ( a collection of his work, "Frame of Mind."