Sometimes part of living a creative life is taking a step back to refocus.
A year ago today I was out shooting in a magical foggy forest. Now that forest is covered in snow.
One of my favorite pieces was created there. Maybe it’s the strong association I had with the feeling of that moment, or maybe it’s that I was experimenting and playing, creating just for me.
Creativity isn't just something we do, it's something that helps us discover who we are.
Authenticity. Identity. Belonging. Imposter syndrome. These are all things that have been filling my mind lately.
But as I’ve dug deeper, these themes have strands that run throughout my entire life.
For the month of October, I took a step back from social media. No Instagram. No Facebook.
Today I'm working on some planning and brainstorming.
When you struggle to create, that’s when you know you most need to try.
I’ve been feeling pretty creatively dead lately. Everything I create seems to be the same thing, over and over again. So last week I went out into the forest. I didn’t have any ideas in mind before I left, just a bag full of props, my camera, and tripod.
Creativity is a journey. It doesn’t happen all at once, and you’ll never fully arrive.
There will be times when inspiration strikes and you’ll have one idea after the next. And there will be times, even months, of creative silence.
But it’s all part of the process.