Is inspiration killing and eating creativity? An interesting blog post from Owen Shifflett a month ago fueled a great debate. Chase Jarvis agreed. David duChemin defended inspiration. My thoughts on this coming right up, but first:
Things That Fuel My Creativity Lately
On the road totally immersed in photography, Mother Nature (well, and the internet) is the primary fuel. But for the past few months in Copenhagen my noteworthy fuel is: Friends. Friends from abroad visiting. Friends who are filmmakers. Twitter friends like C. Blog friends. Creating my new website and blog with WideRange galleries. Developing and creating all my new images. Guillaume Nery. New travel plans. Mark. Christian. Chase Jarvis. Vimeo. Learning to cut videos. Feedback on my blog posts like this one. David duChemin. Craft & Vision. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Focus For Humanity. VII’s work for MSF Starve for Attention. Reading. Writers. Music. I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Finally, days of feeling blue, down and restless are actually great creative and productive fuel cells as then I really need outlets.
Creative Engine Runs on Rocket Fuel
Is there a point coming up in our near future you ask? Yes! As Mythbusters have proved, free energy is fiction. My creativity needs fuel. I agree with Dave duChemin that imitation, not inspiration, kills creativity. My creative engine must be fueled by a mixture of two things: My own energy and external inputs to ignite the energy! The external inputs do not inspire me to imitate, they inspire me to create. To get out there in the world again and create, pick up the camera, fire up the spaceship. It is extremely important for me every day to fuel my creative engine. I’ll be the first to advocate that vision is the utmost important thing and the one thing you must keep in mind when you start your creative process. But you have to get to the starting point first and call me lazy, I need the inputs for fuel. If not, I end up running on empty, drifting without a purpose in all and no directions simultaneously.
Through the inputs I have fueled and found a great new project and purpose. I wish to try working as a photographer on humanitarian projects for NGOs. I am applying for the NGO Assignment Fellowship grant at Focus For Humanity. I probably won’t win having no previous experience in this field, but must shoot for the stars. I am also looking into very interesting volunteer opportunities at Photophilantropy.org. Like I said, no inputs and my engine sputters, need constant fuel for my engine so in summary:
Inspiration does not kill creativity. Inspiration fuels and ignites creativity.