“Think of a creative idea!” Whenever someone tells me to think creatively, that usually has only one result: a writer/artist block. It feels like I’m on a ledge, staring at a chasm from which I can escape only if I can think of something creative or unusual.
Egad, it’s torture. Isn’t it?
Being creative doesn’t come easily and effortlessly to everyone. I envy the lucky few.
My surefire trick to get through this block is to brainstorm with a pen in my hand. Well, surefire for me. Everyone’s different. I start by jotting down what items I do have available or can acquire easily, jot down a few concepts are are easily associated with the said items (ie: white sheet = ghost) and let my imagination wander. Sometimes I’m surprised by what I come up with.
Here’s an example from a self portrait shoot I did last summer…I had just recently acquired six yards of tulle fabric for about $4 and wanted to use it.
It goes on a couple pages where I expanded on the ideas I didn’t reject. If I remember right, I ended up using two ideas from that brainstorm session, one of which is pictured below, and looking at this particular batch of notes just now, I’m intrigued by a couple other ideas I didn’t do back then!
Here’s one, which is one of my favorites…
Today’s featured artist:
Gillian, aka GillyFace on Flickr and Tumblr, is a great, creative photographer/artist. I’ve been following her for some time, and she is a fabulous source of ideas, tips and suggestions. She posts a lot of her behind-the-scene shots that are enlightening; they give you an idea of how she accomplishes these pictures – often simple techniques.
Your challenge for this week:
- Come up with 5 “creative” ideas – anything that’s a step beyond a standard portrait
- Pick one and shoot it.
Simple, right? Your turn to get on the ledge.