Whether you have been creating photographs for years or only for few weeks, finding inspiration is notalways easy. We all experience periods of creative block when we get stuck and all our good ideas come to a halt. Inspiration seems to elude us. So, what can we do to help a creative energy affect us day after day? Is there a way to stay inspired? For me there is a definite "Yes" to these questions.
Throughout the years I developed some systems and strategies to ensure I remain creative and make things happen. The followings are my favourite ways to keep igniting my creativity.
"Inspiration does not come like a bolt. Nor is it kinetic, energetic striving. It comes into us slowly and quietly all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing; prime it with a little solitude and idleness."-- Brenda Ueland
1. Keep a Notebook
Keep your notebook with you whenever possible, so that you can write all your ideas, notes, inspirational quotes, dreams, goals, etc. Be consistent and add items to it often. In time it will become agreat source of inspiration but also a reminder of your goals to keep you focused and motivated.
2. Take your Camera with you Wherever Possible
There are possible photographs all around us. You never know what you will see. Be prepared.
3. Read Biographies of Artists that you Admire
A biography is a great source of inspiration. You can learn, not only facts from someone's life, but also discover important insights while gaining a deep appreciation for challenges these artists faced and the accomplishments they achieved. You may find parallel experiences in their lives, be inspired by their persistence, and be motivated by their success.
Take risks and try photographic styles or techniques you've never used before. Use different camera settings. Play "What if…" games. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Just explore and have fun.
5. Start a Personal Project
Set realistic goals and plan your photo shoots. This requires a lot of discipline, so start small and you can always build up. Evaluate your results from time to time, but remember this is your project, your ideas and your photographs. Don't let anyone discourage you.
6. Visit galleries
Going to see an exhibition can enrich your imagination. You will develop new ideas to focus on and see your own art in a new perspective.
7. Learn Something New Every Day, Every Week, Every Year
Start reading books about art and photography. Subscribe to newsletters, podcasts and feeds. Take a class, attend a workshop, join a photography group. These activities will trigger new ideas, increase thelevel of your skill and boost your confidence.
8. Visit New Places
You don't have to go overseas to find something exciting to photograph. Explore your neighbourhood. You will discover all sorts of places that you didn't even know existed.
9. Look after Yourself
A healthy body equals a healthy mind. Exercise, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink a lot of water. Take some time out to relax.