On Creativity | The Collective
Each month I invite a small group of photographers, writers, and creatives to share their thoughts on a particular topic with our community. My hope is that this series provides a way for others to connect with multiple thoughts and opinions in one blog post.
It's rare that a single individual has the answer that every one else is looking for, but it's possible that through the power of a collective, through sharing our wisdom and being vulnerable, we can get a few steps closer.
This month I asked:
"What advice do you have for someone who says they aren't creative?"
“Creative”…”creativity”…those are such loaded words, aren’t they?? For some reason most people feel like they either ARE creative…or they aren’t. There really doesn’t seem to be much gray area there. The funny thing is, I would consider myself in the “NOT creative” group. I am a pretty obsessively type A personality. I crave organization and structure. I make lists and plans. I tend to follow rules and to do things “the correct way”… That doesn’t leave much freedom for creativity, does it? So, while I really wouldn’t consider myself all that creative, I am highly drawn to the creativity of others. I love music and art, literature and poetry. I am inspired by their creativity. I also love to experiment…and explore. I love to play. Combining these things—my love for arts and my spirit of playful adventure, I have been able to push the limits of my own creativity…and maybe actually gain a little bit of creativity for myself in the process. In my personal photography, I really using the editing process to play and experiment. When a piece feels right to me, then I know I’m done. It makes me happy. It makes my heart skip a happy little beat. While others may start to believe that I am a tiny bit creative, I know, really, I am just very good at playing… and trying things…and starting over again and again until I feel my heart skip its familiar little beat. So, my advice to anyone who is not feeling like “a creative”… discover what inspires you. Allow yourself to be adventurous in the “art of playing”. Be persistent. Create with the goal of making your own heart happy…and soon your creativity will know no limits!