The Endless Path of Creativity
I once saw photography as being a practice that was made better by having a great camera and knowing how to best use it. It was very difficult for me to tell people that I was an artist, when I didn’t quite see myself as one. At that point in time, I was still learning so much.
I find that anyone can take pictures. The anatomy of the camera and how to manipulate its functions are things that can be taught and learned. The “rules of photography” are relatively easy to pick up, and I found myself overwhelmed trying to learn it all…but then, I learned that it was important to learn all of those rules, only to know when it was okay to break them.
In my final year of photography school and when I started working as a wedding photographer, something has changed inside me. In the beginning, I couldn’t even find my own style. But after a lot of training, learning from amazing mentors and by accumulating experience, I started to slowly create more meaningful work. It was a crucial moment. All of a sudden, I realized that indeed, anyone could push a shutter (or the phone button). But creativity, perspective, and a love for discovery are the elements that will really make the difference. This moment has helped me to start seeing beauty in literally everything.
I’ll never reach a point in my career where I’m just done. Done learning, done practicing, done exploring. I will always have new opportunities for discovery and growth. Looking at art, watching movies, exploring new media and learning from other artists give me a chance to reflect on new ideas.
The path for creativity is endless and I try my best to always keep working on it. It is not always easy and it can be frustrating a lot of times. But I find it’s something that the more you keep looking for it, the more you can discover about your own vision.
Below are a few images I’ve taken with my phone, showing things from my perspective. I hope you enjoy!
“It’s always been my philosophy to try to make art out of the everyday and ordinary…it never occurred to me to leave home to make art.” – Sally Man