Creative Droughts: They Happen!
I remember buying my first camera, everything seemed exotic to me. That tree. This building. The alley around the corner. Of course all this changed after my 5th time walking around the same ol' 'hood. Nothing seemed to get my creative juices flowing anymore. Plus I wasn't a big fan of photographing people when I started off. I felt more comfortable shooting anything without a pulse to be honest. Maybe it was the introvert inside of me taking a stand or the fact that I still wasn't sure what I was doing with a camera- who knows? Nowadays, I absolutely love documenting humans and sharing their stories. But anyways, like I was saying... there were a few times I experienced photographer's block, per se. I recall going almost 2 months without touching my camera at one point. The longer I waited, the heavier the camera felt.
Don't Force Yourself To Create
One of my greatest strengths is that I like to plan all my projects out. But one of my greatest weaknesses is that I like to plan all my projects out. Does that make sense? It becomes a problem because I tend to overthink everything.
I find myself worrying about the last time I updated my blog or how long it's been since I last shared a project. Who's going to be my model and how am I going to present it? So on and so forth. This results in me feeling pressured for no good reason. Although some of us might work well under pressure, it's never a smart idea to hold a gun to your own head while creating. Art has to be fluent. It can't be forced or rushed.
My Advice? Let Life Inspire You
When ever you find yourself in a creative drought, stop creating. That simple. Go for a walk to your favorite coffee shop. Put something on Netflix you've been meaning to watch. Call your best friend out of state and see how they've been. Live your life and let it inspire you. Removing yourself from the situation and allowing your mind to rest might just be what you need. Doing this always helps me get back into the zone.
Share Your Human Experience
I remember a poetry slam I attended a while back where a performer said something that caressed my soul. I forget exactly how she worded it and who she was quoting but basically, every artist has a moral obligation to reflect the current times in their works. This hit me hard. (For reference) It made me think of the "Black Lives Matter" protest I attended but didn't document. Amongst other things. This realization was crucial in my growth as a creator because ever since then, I no longer allow myself the option of being creatively bored.
Theres' always a moment around me waiting to be captured. A story asking to be shared. A poem begging to be created.