Creativity is a funny one. On one hand over the past few years, I’ve grown a deeper understanding of creativity. Its something I’m proud of and something that I love to be able to talk about with people who want to look further than the surface level of their photographic work. On the other side, that discussion is a hard one to have. In the past 18 months I’ve used YouTube to dump my thoughts out of my head and share them with an audience that continues to slowly expand but one thing I’ve always found difficult in doing on YouTube, was discussing deeper creative thinking. A lot of people, myself included, go to YouTube to learn about Shutter Speeds, ISO and how to gain accreditations rather than looking for a better understanding of how their creativity will help them improve. They want the magical potion that takes them from step 1 to step 87. And there’s nothing wrong with that!
This isn’t my first written blog. Many, many years ago, I ran a personal development blog, which looking back on now was probably a little ahead of my station but it was my valiant effort to position myself in the motivational speaker space; a dream that I hoped would bring me success and significance before I understood that success wasn’t a big house, lots of money and fast cars. I do however remember the process of writing being something I enjoyed and being someone who keeps a handwritten journal that I write in everyday, writing seems like a more natural creative outlet than sitting in front of a camera some days.
Over the past few months while the world has dragged itself through a global pandemic, I’ve struggled to keep finding ‘technical’ stuff to talk about on my YouTube channel. If you’re a subscriber and you’re reading this, this post is not a declaration of me stopping Youtube, I still fully intend to keep ‘teaching’ on by Video. However, I’ve always found those more creative discussions harder to record on video and so I want to use this blog to get those ideas, thoughts and opinions out in to the world.
I don’t intend posts here to be all high thinking, deep creative discussions though. There’s a lot of process and techniques I use in my own day to day that helps with my creativity and these are things that I want share too. Well that’s the plan anyway.