I was reading quotes from famous artists, and one of them said something to the effect: “When I go to the canvas with a preconceived idea, those are usually not as good as the ones where I go with no idea what I will paint, and just paint.”
Effectively, going to the sandbox to play. Because creativity is play. Creative activity. The ability to make something out of nothing.
I’ve been taking that to heart and using it for a photography project. The idea is I have a model, I have outfits, and I have a camera, but I don’t have a subject in mind to shoot. I can create anything I want. And so far, what I’ve created isn’t at all what I would have thought to create. It’s in the creation that they came to be.
I’m working on the photographs for a book project, so won’t post any here, but there is certainly a way to work, as this old photojournalist has to break his thought process and just get in the sand. And play.
Sometimes the first photo doesn’t seem so inspired. Shoot it anyway. It may lead to another photo. And that one may be the inspired one. The inspiration may come when you stop thinking, stop looking for it.
It’s crazy magical that way, the way it works, the way it manifests.
There’s something to it, when the muse is allowed to play. Pick up the camera, look through the viewfinder, and shoot something you’ve never shot before.
Create a scene. Play with light and your subject. See what you come up with.
I’m using a vintage Mamiya C330S twin-lens reflex medium format film camera, just to add to the process, on a tripod, carefully framing and exposing the negative.
Oh, let the muse play!