I have been working slowly through a few different projects. I have realized that my process is best when I work slowly. Everything in me wants to do everything as fast as possible but there is always the problem of it becoming a chore.
I have created a few projects that have been keeping me consistent with my work, and can get me out there every weekend.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I am continuing to learn that inspiration is found in our limitations. Limitations can cause some of us to find resourceful ways to make a photograph. I have had to settle with the fact that traveling isn't going to happen very often for me and all I have to work with my backyard..Hawaii. Ok, you may laugh and say that I don't have it
that hard and that this isn't a real limitation.
However consider the fact that I have seen Oahu for 21 years and there is only so many times I can go to this beach or that hike. Having said that I have embraced the joy of going to locations that countless others have photographed and challenging myself to create something unique. I can’t say I always succeed but the challenge has become my inspiration.
I have also had to come to come to grips with the fact that I won't be going on dangerous excursions to get to infrequently explored areas. So what I am left with is the challenge of visiting high traffic photography spots and still being able to create something inspiring. Even after I have been to the same location countless times!
Did you always see yourself as a creative individual?
No. In fact I have always felt, that I am not creative. Creativity implies that I have an idea...and I rarely ever have an idea for a photo. I have always thought that a truly creative person knows exactly what they want or at least good idea before they even start a project.
I go to a location with a blank slate, frame my shot with my favorite exposure settings and make sure I get what I need to get in focus. Even at this point the only components I am looking for are light and composition.
Even after importing the photos I still have no idea what I want for a final product. I cull through my raw material, find a shot that I like, and begin to edit. As I start to edit, this is where my creative process starts to kick in.
Each photo will speak differently to me. I will see parts of the photo and begin to envision what I want them to look like. It is a very fluid, slow, and free flowing process. So I have never felt creative because my creative process doesn't begin until much later in my workflow and not at the beginning. I never start with intent, but I work through my process until discover the intent. So I had to find what being creative meant for me.
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