Curiosity Fuels Creativity

No matter what form of creative pursuit you choose, the tools that you utilize are those which best allow you to express yourself.

While the tools are an important part of the process, they require the efforts of the artist to become meaningful.

Inspiration and creativity arise from the human imagination. The act of creating often comes from a place below the surface of rational thought.

An Eye, New York City, May 2019

But how do you find inspiration and get the creative juices moving? This is a topic that will be discussed in a number of posts as there isn’t one definitive answer.

But for now, I believe that one of the biggest assets in the creative process is curiosity. Curiosity asks questions about everything.

Curiosity leads you down many paths and is capable of opening new doors. I credit whatever creativity that I have to my innate impulse to question everything.

Do you have a method of finding your creative inspiration? I would love to hear about it.

The Process is the Art

I’ve been doing extensive work on organizing my photo library. I have approximately 200,00 digital files. So it is quite a process! I do this when my creative energy slows down a bit.

I take the time to review my older work and ironically it often reignites my creativity. It helps me to gain some perspective on where my photography is going and where it’s been. It’s an opportunity for me to critique my work.

Recently I’ve heard some photographers being rather critical or frustrated with their work. It is really good to want to be a better photographer! That’s something that I always want from myself.

West 33rd Street, New York City, January 2016

But be careful. Being too self-critical about your photography can be counterproductive. For me, progress has always been slow. It’s really one step at a time. Shoot, review and shoot more. Then all the sudden change becomes evident. Then repeat the process. There is no end to it!

Patience is important. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook how much really goes into achieving those results. When we look at the photos of others and wish we could take photos like that.

Art always looks easier than it really is. When you have a passion for photography, the rest follows. Just do it and keep doing it. I don’t always take great photos. You have to move on to the next day of shooting. I have always suggested experimenting, not being afraid to make so- called mistakes and not giving up! The process is the art.