Stopping the Flow
I was in alone in a Masjid, taking a few random photos, when I had a flashback. This past Summer, a friend needed some photos for a brochure or something of the sort, this was not a problem I wasn’t very busy at the time. As she gave instructions about what images were needed, she stated several times “be creative, or try getting some creative shots”.
So I set to work on taking the photos, but after a few minutes, I was stumped. What did she mean by “creative shots or be creative?” What was her idea of creative? I had my own ideas. I had been photographing this Masjid for so many years, documenting the ongoing construction. I knew that there were but so many imaginative shots that I was going to produce in there. Standing there looking around the large rectangular room, I felt as if someone had dropped a stone into a stream of water and stopped the flow.
Since companies are trying to unleash the creative beast within their employees, I wonder if they “command” creativity, or do they simply develope creative environments where people are inspired to be creative without prompting (GooglePlex, Pixar etc). So many of the blogs that I have been reading lately seem to stating that creativity all levels of is the new group think (if that’s a word). But what happens if two people have ideas that do not mesh with one another?
I find that when I am left alone, I am more likely to experiment and try to surpass other creative ideas that I’ve concocted. Of course there are times when I slam into a brick wall and to me my photos will become so redundant that I won’t look at them for weeks.
However, I find being instructed to “be creative” ended up causing more anxiety than inspiration.