Friday, November 13, 2009

Keeping the Artist Alive........

After spending four days in New Orleans last week for the Pictage Partnercon, I am still motivated, inspired, and glowing from spending time with 500 other professional photographers in the beautiful city of New Orleans. I have been to dozens of photographer conferences and workshops, but there was something magical that happened this time.....

Maybe it was the City of New Orleans?
This amazing musical, artistic, soulful city that has faced horrific natural disaster, economic decline, but is rebuilding stronger and more beautifully than before! What an inspiration!

Maybe it was the people of New Orleans?
The people of New Orleans opened their arms, shared their stories and were more open to being photographed than most I've encountered! When our bus toured through the 9th Ward - worst hit by Katrina, the people sat on their porches, waved, and welcomed us photographers in to see and hear their stories. Most adults will run when a swarm of other adults holding cameras comes their way!

Maybe it was Will Jacks' workshop on Am I an Artist? or the Lady Bug Video?

This was the first time that I heard Will Jacks speak and it was amazing.... so many rounds of applause for something amazing, humorous, and inspiring to the artist in each of us. One of the greatest things I saw was the Lady Bug Video - created by a videographer right here in Colorado in basically his backyard. The message that art is right under our noses if we take the time to embrace it!

5D and EX1 Lady Bug Swarm from Michael Ramsey on Vimeo.

Maybe it was Kevin Kubota's workshop on Lightroom?
He shared this great book that I have to buy called Finding Flow - finding those moments where you are in that creative place where you totally lose track of time... ahhhhhhh.

ShootQ has been helping me to organize my business and stay behind the camera where I love to be and not behind the computer all day! LOVE this video:
The Photographer's Journey

And the sharing between photographers that has taken place since last week's conference is really amazing.... a favorite photo I saw taken by Betsy McCue from San Diego. I LOVE this photo! The subjects are all photographers... all got together at the conference and got CREATIVE! I love this! Sometimes when we get paid to be artists, we lose some of the creativity!

So now I'm on a mission to be in my Artist's company more regularly - How can we photographers stay creative, open, inspired, and at the top of our game? Some ideas:

Artist's Dates - as described in the book, The Artist's Way - schedule a time each week that you connect with the Artist inside of you! Put it on your calendar!

More personal work - rather than paid work. I neeed more time for my personal photography work! That's how I got into this field!

365 Day Photos Project
I have seen several photographers take on this project - a photo a day for 365 days to break you out of your shell - or whatever goal you apply to the 365 day project! Some GREAT creative results..... check out a couple:

Tasra Dawson - her post from time in New Orleans is wonderful!

Brian Palmer
- Ohio - I LOVE this photo! He's only on day 56, but talk about changing perspective! (this photo was taken of himself from the inside of his dryer! Amazing!)

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