As I mentioned the other day, I have been frustrated with the lack of photo opportunities lately, I haven’t had my camera out for a week. Then yesterday I was reading one of my favorite blogs.
Otto von Munchow is a professional photographer who writes a blog called In Flow. He teaches photo workshops all over the world, and talks a lot about the creative process on his blog. Every post is an inspiration to find your creative self. Yesterday he was talking about letting our subconscious mind take over the creative process. Letting go, thinking outside the box, letting our instincts take over. The blog post is here, if you would like to read it. (you should, it’s very good) His parting thoughts were, “How do you break out of your customary way of expressing yourself? How do you expand your creativity?”
I commented about how I was trying to answer this question. That I was frustrated with nothing inspiring to shoot, and that my brain was definitely getting in the way. He replied with, “My advise is to just start shooting anyway. Suddenly something will start to happen. That’s often been the case for me.”
So I took the dogs to the park on the corner like I have many times before. Next to the park is an old school, built in 1903. It was made into a museum of sorts several years, But it’s only open 2 days a year. (weird, I know) Instead of just playing frisbee with Torrey, I walked up to the building to see what I could see.
These are the old windows, the old bricks, everything. It doesn’t look to me like anything has been replaced with new material. All around the building kids have scratched their names in the bricks Some are pretty old, some are obviously newer. These names were from the 50’s, you can see the dates.
This is an old drinking fountain. Old concrete base and everything. How many kids paused here for a drink of water during recess?
That’s a door all the way up there. Were there stairs coming down from there, or was it just a landing?
These bricks look they have been climbed on, a lot.
Just some old cracked and weathered paint on wood.
It was different for me than a beautiful sunset, flowers, or awesome scenery. But when I started looking in a more creative way, I found some interesting things.
One note about the look of these photos. I created a preset in Lightroom the other day to give my photos their very own vintage look. Something I can use when I shoot vintage or old objects and places. Do you like it?
Do you have a hard time giving your subconscious, creative self room to grow? Or can you trust your instincts and just let go?