It’s inevitable. If you look to stay artistically motivated, at some point you’ll come up against some type of creative vacuum. Writer’s block, a rut, incoherent mumbling to yourself at your desk as you curse uncontrollably at the screen about the online article lauding some Kardashian-like attention hound for “doing” something completely insignificant all while realizing it wouldn’t exist if you weren’t guilty of reading it… Basically having a hard time motivating yourself creatively all while wasting time with things that won’t really help. You catch my drift, and if you’ve been at something with any creative license long enough, you’ll be able to relate. Sometimes going backward can help push you into new territory. Here’s one thing I do that helps…
Firstly, grab your camera and step away from the computer… I like a good ol’ fashioned subject case study. Photographically speaking anyway. Take one single solitary subject and look at it from a variety of angles. Play with light, angle and context. It can be a flower, a book, a body part, a wine glass, you get the point. Choose something with enough interest to you to want to spend some quality time just exploring it, lighting it, shooting it.
Use different lenses, different cameras, different exposure settings and shoot away. You might be surprised at how inspiring the visual exploration of one singular thing can spur ideas and force you to look differently at shooting a variety of subjects all while nurturing ideas for future projects.
I’d love to hear other’s ideas and personal tactics as well as I’m sure to fall back into another creative void sooner or later.
Cheers and happy shooting,