Sometimes we need to go backwards or sideways before we can move forward creatively. Creativity is like a muscle the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. If only the road to creative nirvana was straight – everybody would be there bored with nowhere else to go.
It has been said that the journey through any creative struggle is a bit like going on a journey but you are never sure where the destination is, what it looks like when you get there and there definitely is not a map to point the way.
The road will be long and windy, as a traveller on this road I get lost a lot, think I’ve been here before and its all been done before, and no-one will like what I do. I go up many blind alleys. I think many times I am going backwards or sideways and definitely not forwards. But the very fact that I am still moving is enough.
It’s very like a friend of mine who writes technical photography magazine articles “you won’t learn to be a better photographer sitting at home reading photography magazines, and I should know I write them”. We were standing watching the sun rise in a location 50 miles from home in a temperature just above freezing. It’s all about doing, being there at f5.6 as the British war photographer Don McCullin used to say. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_McCullin. I am not saying the only way to learn is through doing, as I have noted many times in this blog before.
I think the best way to describe creativity is – it’s a bit like a funnel that you use to pour liquid in to bottle. At the start of any project there a myriad of different options. The funnel is there to refine the ideas and constraints.
The picture above “Shell on a rock” was taken on Eigg in the Outer Hebrides with the cloud covered Rum in the background.
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