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How to Be Creative

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Every once in a while you read something you really wish you had written.  Perusing Hugh MacLeod’s post on creativity over my morning coffee today, I had that feeling.  He touches on many of the boundaries we all face as we try to hone in bringing something original to the proverbial table.

Reminds me of that quote by Marianne Williamson,

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.  We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?”  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world…”

Creativity in essence is seeing something differently than everyone else does.  It’s not shrinking from the voice inside that insists on bringing your unique perspective into the mix.  Nothing more, nothing less than yourself.  Maybe that’s why it’s such a vulnerable process – because creativity is a glimpse of ourselves without the security of any facade.  It’s a look into that inner light that we all tightly guard.


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05/11/2010 at 10:14 pm


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My primary objectives right now are to breath and survive.   I’m at that point, 3 years in, when most sane people get out.  It’s the true test, are you crazy enough to go forward when a brontosaurus-sized neon sign is flashing “ABORT NOW – BECOME A TRUCK DRIVER!”  As photographer, Keith Carter, says, “You have to learn to embrace a life of uncertainty.”

So I gotta breathe in.  Stay the course.

Surviving the photo industry is one part vision, one part business and all heart.

Luckily this year has come with two revelations that I am finding helpful in this department.   The first is that getting a business plan onto paper is incredibly important.  It’s hard to stay the course, when you’re driving down the highway at 85 mph and thinking,

“What course?  There was a course?   Was it back there at mile marker 112 with the KFC?”

A written plan comes with a serious sense of serenity.

Secondly, involvement with a solid photo community cannot be valued highly enough.  People to get inspired with.  Give you an honest critique.  Remind you why the hell you left that great dental and 401K plan behind.   So this blog post comes with a huge thanks to everyone who is right there in the trenches with me.   To all my photo friends: your support is invaluable .

I’ve just posted a bunch of new photos in all of the categories on my website.  Check ’em out when you have a moment –

I’ll be here, surrending to the uncertainity, right on course.

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01/07/2010 at 10:19 pm