Creativity. What does it mean to you? To me it means letting your self go. Getting out of the box. Pushing the envelope. Walking the path less taken. Opening your mind to accept new ideas and directions. Is it the release of creativity and artistic stagnation? Is that creative in and of itself? For those of you who follow the Red Dog News blog you have read similar posts from me about creativity.
Last year my creativity was definitely stagnated. I was publishing Red Dog News and I had just finished a new Shadow & Light Magazine, but that was it. I really (In my mind) wasn’t being creative, although there are those who would disagree. It took a walk through my house to reignite my creativity. Just as I was walking around turning out lights and locking doors, something caught my eye (pictured, left). It was a graphic image created by the outside power pole-mounted security light, which is very bright. The light came into our enclosed back porch and the image was created by the shadows of window frames, shade pulls, etc. I hadn’t done any new photography for quite a while but that image ignited my creativity.
I immediately went into the room and started rearranging furniture so I could create what was in my mind. I set up tableaus of stuffed animals (pictured, left). I worked for about an hour setting up different scenarios until I had exhausted my ideas for the night. It was almost midnight! That did it for me, however.
From that point on my creativity has surged, but not necessarily by picking up the camera. Lately, I have been spending quite a bit of time going through my archives and re-imagining the finished images with a different “eye.” I have been very surprised and pleased by what I have found. Most of you have already seen “Angel,” (below) but I wanted to share it because it is a good example of the creative process.
A couple of weeks ago I opened up Photoshop to a blank screen. In a very short time (for me!) this image “brought” itself together. Granted, it had to come from somewhere. I had to have all the parts. I had to want to create it… and I did.
The point being that we are all creatives and even though our main focus: be it printing, photography, writing, etc., may seem to get stale from time-to-time, we just need to get up and get out!