The best creatives take inspiration from areas other than the discipline they are working in, and photographers should be no different. Have you ever thought about borrowing from the practices used by painters? There's a lot we could learn from these great masters.
Back once more with another fascinating discussion on the topic of creative crossovers is Vinny Le Pes. In this video, Le Pes explores how the everyday actions of painters can be utilized and replicated to benefit the way photographers work. I have always tried to seek inspiration in as many different walks of life as possible, but my search for influence has always been more of a visual one. Until watching Le Pes' video, I have never really thought about the ways other creatives actually work and how very different their processes and educational backgrounds can be.
The video goes into great detail on the various benefits photographers can get from making studies, the painters approach to additive compositions, and the importance of studying things like anatomy and color. Le Pes also talks about the idea that painters are quite often forced to stop working while they wait for paint to dry and how those breaks can really help to give an artist the breathing space they need to make better art. I think us photographers could really enhance our practice by slowing things down a little when it comes to shooting and editing. It's all too easy in this digital age to race to get things online, and because of that, we sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture.
The video is well worth a watch if you feel yourself in a creative rut or are conscious that your photographic workflow isn't the healthiest. Why not consider taking a leaf out of the painter's sketchbook? They've been in this creative game much longer than us.
Do you borrow from any other walks of life to help you to be a better photographer? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.
Lead image by Bridgesward via Pixabay, used under Creative Commons.