If you are a photographer – or any other artist for that matter- creativity is the key to your success. It is the engine that drives us to create beautiful pieces of art or startling images that make people look twice. Unfortunately, many artists don’t dedicate enough effort into feeding their creativity. To me, it’s kind of like nutrition – you are what you eat. If you eat a bunch of junk, you won’t be nearly as healthy as someone who eats a nutritious, balanced diet.
Several years ago, I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron – one of the most celebrated books about growing as an artist. It was truly an eye opening experience. If you’ve ever had those days when the creativity just wasn’t flowing – this is the book for you. Cameron talks about how we can train our minds to make the creative process second nature. Part of this process is taking in a lot of artistic experiences.
The more art you can consume, the more tools your creativity has to work with. Maybe you can spend a few hours at a museum, really studying a few specific paintings or perhaps choose an artist and spend a couple of hours online reading about them and viewing their work. Perhaps it is attending a ballet or an art house movie. While it may not cause great ideas to immediately pop into your mind, the information will tuck itself away in the back of your mind for later.
For the past few years, I’ve made a point of taking some time each week to consume a little bit of art and it has really made a difference for me. It’s really no different than buying groceries for your kitchen. The more ingredients you have in the cupboard, the more elaborate you can be with your recipes. Art is the same way.
I hope you will make an effort to add a little more “art” to your diet. Believe me, it’s better than vegetables!