“Creativity Takes Courage.” Henri Matisse
1. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships,or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination
Creativity is found in everyone. At times we hold ourselves back from allowing ourselves to fully express our vision because of fear. As artists we are our own worst critic and I wear that label too often. I retract from pushing my own boundaries, from giving myself the gift of artistic freedom though photography. For me, this fear of creating a visual and emotional masterpiece stems from judgment. Critiquing myself and my work because of fear can be detrimental to an artists’ soul. I can say, over the past year especially I have pushed myself to break boundaries. I try new things, create presently and in the moment, and I have let go of things, sometimes people, and thoughts that may hold me back from creating what I envision for myself and my photography.
My friend Sarah, who is also a photographer, called me a few days ago, just to vent to another artist who could relate to stifled creativity. She has a particular way of shooting and bringing her art to light, as we all do, however her client had a different idea. Sarah and I talked about how much we have both grown as photographers and we encourage each other to be bold and stand up for our art, for expressing ourselves through photography is a gift as is cooking, painting, singing, dancing, etc. We begin to question ourselves, we all do. Artists wonder when their wall will come down and only then can we allow ourselves to be free of rules and cookie cutter, safe haven, Sears family portraits, and jump into the journey of courageous creativity. Only then will we accept and embrace that this is our journey, to discover ourselves through our artistic mediums and know deeply that we never have to offer an excuse for our work, our worth, our courage.
So to Sarah, and other photographers such as myself that value our personal styles, and our unique vision of life, express yourself girl. Take your journey and photograph it the way you want the world to see it. Offer no apologies for your art. Trust that you are creating from the place within you that needs to be expressed. Art is emotion, fear, pain, happiness, memory, it is an invested connection. Trust yourself, and allow judgment and fear to wash away so that we can pick up our cameras and shoot everything as though we are seeing it all for the first time. Approach your work, your vision with integrity and respect, knowing that when we do this, others will as well.
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