© Paul Mozell 2012
Do you ever find yourself taking the same photographs again and again? Are you strolling through your favorite downtown neighborhood hoping to be struck by a lightning bolt of inspiration? Are you gliding through a vacation paradise without raising your camera to your eye? This happens to everyone in a creative field and it strikes the rich and famous, the middle-of-the-roaders, and quiet amateurs. To restart your creative engine consider trying one or more of the following:
- Visit an art museum, and after roaming the obvious choice of photography galleries, visit European Art and study the portrait lighting of the Dutch Masters. Check out the European, Asian, and American landscapes of the 18th and 19th centuries. And, be sure to open your mind to Abstract Impressionism, Pop Art, Op Art, and Cubism. Finally, be amazed by the large three-dimensional installation pieces. For each artwork that catches your eye try to answer the questions: “How does this work make me feel?”, “What was the artist hoping to communicate to the viewer—if anything?”, and “Could I be as seemingly uninhibited as these artists?” The answer to the last question should be, “yes”.
- Go to your local bookstore or library and explore the art and photography books. Get inspired!
- Post your work on 500px, Google+, or Flickr. With some luck, you’ll get some constructive commentary and criticism.
- Go on a Photo Walk – check out Meetup.com for local events.
- Give yourself a photo essay assignment, such as: store windows, abstracts in nature, construction sites, reflections, hot & cold, sweet & sour, still life food compositions, hands, smiles. The list will be endless.
- Work with fewer tools—pack a camera body and just one lens. Constraining your photographic arsenal may free your creative juices.
Let me know how you do!