My Own Creative Process and Using Your Imagination

Hey guys! I’m really excited about this week’s blog because I’m going to talk about my personal creative process of photography and how I imagine some of my edits. I was motivated to write on this topic due to a few people reaching out to me through social media and ask how I think of some of the things I show in my photos and how I am able to think of these imaginary things in the first place.

In my very first blog post, I talk a lot about drawing and how this personal pastime really put me on the path to where I am today. Drawing has always been my outlet. It has been how I relax, how I can communicate certain things and emotions that I cannot put into words, and it excites me to make something imaginary into a reality.

Like I said, drawing has always been a pastime thing for me. Growing up, I found I was really drawn to tattoo art. I used Pinterest a lot searching things like “cool tattoos,” “tattoo drawings,” or even “fantasy tattoo art.” I loved, loved, loved Pinterest. I would just pin a bunch of really cool things that inspired me and made me think about something else. I’d look back through my pins from time to time and end up identifying my favorite parts of different images and then recreate them into my own composition. I feel like this is really what kind of “trained” me to look at something and then imagine something else.

Now that I am into photography, I am realizing that there is so much overlap of my drawing style in my photography style. I love heavy, contrasted, moody photos. I love digital art and fantasy compositions. I believe I’m drawn to images like this because it incorporates everything I am passionate about;  drawing, photography, imagination, creation, and a challenge.

Two other things that have had an impact on my creativity are music and running. Listening to music while going through normal daily routines completely sends my mind somewhere else. When I’m riding in a car and listening to something and looking out the window, I imagine something about anything I see. If I’m driving down the beach, I think about the story of the birds flying past and I find myself asking things like: “Where are they flying to? or “Where did they come from?” Another big creative spark for me is rain. I love watching the raindrops hit the ground and bounce back up or hit a window and just roll down. Its like watching a movie sometimes but in my head. I know that sounds kind of weird, but a lot of times my mind just wanders and then I have an idea.

Running goes hand in hand with this because I always run listening to some kind of music. The music sets a pace and then I imagine the whole run as a journey of some sort. I’ve found myself lost in a run imagining that I’m running through clouds or a forest. Running is another way I relax. Something happens when I run that just zones me out  and directs my mind to some scene of imaginative thinking.

What I’ve written so far could probably be classified as a “creative technique” or something. But for me, this is just how I am. I’ve always had an intimate connection with the music I listen to, and I do feel like I am a fairly emotional person. It is easy for me to put myself in another situation and understand that perspective. As long as I can remember, I’ve been trying to recreate those feelings that I imagine whether it be through drawing or anything else. I don’t really know why either… I have just always loved creating things.

With all this being said, a lot of people just don’t think that they are creative. They think it’s either something you have or you don’t. I believe this to an extent, but I also feel like I almost trained myself towards this type of thinking just trying to draw cool things. If you think you aren’t creative, don’t just give up and not try to create anything. Look on Pinterest and Instagram or literally any other social media out there for inspiration. Look at different medium types and follow some people that have bodies of work that you’re drawn to. The more you look at things, the more those things influence you without you even realizing it. Your first creations might be rough but, yeah, so what? Mine sure were. My dad loves telling me that it was like I got talent overnight because I couldn’t draw a stick figure… Thanks, dude. But anyways, the point is:  if you’re passionate about something and you’re doubting yourself, DON’T. Be brave and open minded, and you’ll start doing things you never thought you could!

That’s all the rant I have for today’s blog. I hope you liked this post and you’re feeling encouraged to go out and create something! Feel free to leave a like, comment, and subscribe to keep seeing more rants like this one. I hope you all have a great week and feel free to connect with me on social media! I’d love to hear everyone’s creative thoughts!

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