If you are only drawing inspiration from other photographers, you are really missing the boat. Creativity is all around us – everything from movies to music. If you keep an open eye and an open mind, there is a lot to be taken in.
THINK YOU ARE CREATIVE?
One group of artists who take things to a whole new level is the band OK GO. You probably saw the viral video of them doing a choreographed dance routine on a bunch of treadmills. (If you missed it, here is the LINK.) I recently came across the video for their song Needing/Getting. If you think you are pretty creative, this will really put you in your place.
First off, how did someone come up with that idea? Second, if you COULD come up with an idea like that – how on Earth do you figure out the logistics necessary to pull it off? Calling these guys creative geniuses really feels like I am under-selling them.
Maybe it is time that we all start thinking a little more like OKGO. Figure out where the limits to your creativity are – then figure out a way to exceed them. This might mean entering print competitions or taking on difficult self-assignments. The important thing is to train your brain to start thinking outside the box, especially with your photography.
I’ve always loved the quote “What would you do if you were certain you wouldn’t fail?” Next time you start on a photographic project, keep that in mind. Oh sure, start out by getting the “money” shot and cover all the necessary bases. Just make sure to save a little time at the end to try something a little different. Do it every time. It won’t work out every time. In fact, if it IS working out most of the time, then you probably aren’t pushing things far enough. Really force yourself to go for it.
If you end up with something that is a miserable failure, who cares? Delete the file and move on.
I’d like to leave you with one more video from OKGO. This one is completely different, but no less fantastic.
Now go forth and create!