As artists, we often compare our work and our journeys to other creatives. Almost all of us have experienced self-doubt, and made negative comparisons between ourselves and those around us.
I think it is natural to look at others as we try to find our way on our creative journey. We tend to search for some reassurance that we are on the right track, but when we look at the work of others rather than focus on our own, we waste precious time and energy. And it often leaves us feeling disheartened and inadequate.
Comparison is one of the biggest…
None of us like to feel that we are flawed. But for some of us, imperfection is really hard to deal with.
I am a recovering perfectionist. I used to think perfectionism was a valuable trait. I thought that as a perfectionist I was being ambitious, hardworking and diligent, and I mistook perfectionism with striving for excellence.
I would often feel stressed and anxious about getting everything exactly right, and I would feel extremely disappointed when I didn’t meet the unrealistic high expectations I placed on myself.
But perfectionism is not about setting high standards, getting things right, or being…
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.” — Ansel Adams
Photography is an expressive art. Much like a painting, a photograph has the ability to move, engage and inspire viewers.
The camera is the single most important tool in photography. But that’s all that it is. A tool.
In the beginning, most of what we learn about photography is about the tools and techniques, and all the various things that we need to learn in order to make a photograph.
Having an understanding of the science behind the camera, its potentials and limitations…
Part of staying creative is being deliberate about cultivating inspiration. While there are many ways to do this, one of my favourite is reading books.
I am always looking for old and new books to provide ideas, inspiration, and insights that help with all of the different areas of my life. I enjoy reading books that encourage me to ask questions, that motivate me to look within, and explore different ways to push my creative limits.
Art making is a process of growing and stretching beyond our comfort zones. It requires ongoing commitment to personal growth and I believe reading…
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” — Brené Brown
Many associate vulnerability with weakness or feelings of guilt and shame. According to research professor and author Brené Brown, vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel is to be vulnerable. To believe vulnerability is weakness, is to believe that feelings is weakness.
When we share our art, our photography, our writing, we share who we are, our ideas and our emotions, with the risk of not being accepted or appreciated. This also means to be vulnerable.
In my own experience, learning these five lessons…
“Intuition binds us together. Without it we lose our sense of purpose and belonging.” — Malidoma Somé
I recently watched Innsæi, a documentary about the power of intuition. The film explores our ability of being able to sense things from deep within, to perceive and understand the world around us beyond our five senses and our rational mind. I really enjoyed this documentary and found it to be thought provoking and inspiring.
Innsæi is the ancient Icelandic word for intuition, which translates into three meanings: the sea within, the borderless nature of our inner world, a constantly moving world of…