Breaking Out Of A Creative Slump
You know what I think the worst feeling is? Going into a creative slump. I loathe when it happens, but to any of us who are creative by nature and trade, occasionally you go into a slump, a mental block if you will, and creativity is nowhere to be found. I will search high and low for inspiration and still nothing moves me to create and be creative. I think though I have found a way to avoid this now.
You see, every day I am surfing around online, and I constantly am finding inspiration. Sometimes it’s a movie trailer, sometimes it’s a fashion editorial, sometimes it’s just a cool ad I come across. A while back I would think to myself, “it would be cool to shoot something like this, or similar to this,” and then forget about it by the time the creative slump showed back up. Then a little over a year ago I started to bookmark these ideas I came across. I started a tumblr blog and there I would post the images and videos I came across. Some months I update it much much more, and some months it goes untouched, but it is always there as a reference for things that moved me once, when I need to feel motivated again. Recently I have networked with some stylist and photographer friends on a Pinterest board that we all contribute to, and it is just for inspiration for photo shoots.
So now I have this catalog of work I appreciate, and I can reference it whenever I am in a creative slump, but that’s not the only step to breaking my creative slump. You see to actually be creative again I find I need to start creating. So what I do is simple, I find an image I liked on my curated blog of inspiration, and I set out to recreate it. This never fails to break my creative slumps, because as I begin to replicate my brain starts stewing other cool shots and looks for this photo, other ways to make it more my own. Once my brain starts turning like this I find myself coming up with other ideas for things to shoot. When I start getting ideas for new shoots, even in the middle of other shoots, I always take the time to quickly write them down. Normally I just pull out my phone and jot them down, and go back to shooting.
Like I said, creative slumps are the worst, and this works for me, but what works for you? How do you break your creative slump?