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from Secrets of a butterfly
(thank you so much to Eadaoin, for her friendship, her inspiring creativity and her invitation to reflect here on how inspiration touches my own life, it has been a pleasure and honour, to write my secrets for this heartfelt series)
sources for images in the collage
On the other hand, we wish to search out and find inspiring places, people, objects, & light. I am constantly inspired by the light, and find myself following it to see what it will bring to me. As a photographer, I may not always know what the outcome will be of a day of shooting, especially outside. I like to believe I stumble into secret places and capture something nobody has seen. Even if they have, I try to look at things from a different perspective. Just that thought alone is inspiring.
I think everyone has a go to place that will always strike up inspiration. For me, that place would be the ocean. Throw in some surfers, and I’m in heaven. How can one thing translate into so many wonderful colors? I don’t believe the water looks the same in any photograph I’ve taken. How can you not be intrigued to come back for more?
While thinking of ways to explain my creative process to you guys, I realized that emotion plays a huge role in how I shoot and then later, how a photograph is post-processed.
It’s not a secret that I’m wild about birds, so I will share these 2 photographs as an example.
It’s pretty amazing, even to myself, how different they are from each other. I do remember the day, or week, that I worked on The Struggle. I was in fact struggling with some things in my life, and the emotions that I had been feeling helped me create this perfectly moody bird in flight photograph.
A few weeks later, I was back into the bird folder and created Losing Interest. The color change in post-processing is so severe that it would be hard to know these were taken the same day. Again, emotion filled this photograph. It’s lighter, softer and an all around much calmer photograph. A weight had been lifted from my shoulders and it’s obvious.
The funny thing is, I could have never known all this during the whole process. It actually did not occur to me until months later when looking at the photographs. Crazy, huh?
I will always let my instincts guide me in this process. I won’t ever force a photograph, either. If I’m not feeling too creative one day, I’ll put the laptop down and read a book, or bake something delicious. I find that keeping yourself sharp, creatively, in other activities other than your art, will most likely help you stay focused later on. And who doesn’t want to eat a warm batch of cookies if you’re stuck on an idea? Maybe not the whole batch…
Also, I think exposure to other photographers is a great way to keep you sharp. Be inspired by others, creativity is a web that spins itself around things you love. The more images you come across that really strike a chord in you, the thicker your web of inspiration will.
I think it is also a good rule of thumb to never be discouraged by someone else’s work or success. We are all on our own path, working it out in our own way. Getting too caught up in someone else’s success can be a huge blow to your creativity. Not to mention your self-respect. Be encouraged by the work of others, but also kind to yourself. This has changed how I feel about my work (and inevitably, about myself) dramatically.
I hope you find this to be inspirational! It’s been very interesting going inward and finding out more about myself. I do believe it should be done more often! There’s so much ground to cover, I think Éadaoin should do a running series throughout the year :D Thank you for having me, my dear. You are too kind!
As for me, I’m off to bake some cookies, and play fetch with our new kitty. I hope everyone has a beautiful Holiday!
Best xo – Tina
- To affect, guide or arouse by diving influence
- To fill with enlivening emotion
- To stimulate to action, motivate
- To draw forth, elicit or arouse
- To be the cause or source of, bring about
- To draw in air by inhaling
- To stimulate ideas