How to get out of a Creative Funk & Make Art that you Love
"I'm kind of in a creativity funk. I feel like I'm not creating work I'm really proud of and that reflects my style. How do you get re-inspired and start making content you feel reflects who you are and what you want to communicate with your photography?"
After spending four years in art school, I know what it is to feel creatively depleted. Like you have nothing left to give. And if I’m being honest, I still know what it feels like today. I believe every artist deals with this, and most do so regularly. But I also believe that these feelings aren’t bad, and it’s knowing what to do with them that will allow you to set yourself apart.
The first step in overcoming creative funks is to be able to clearly articulate why you’re unhappy with your current work. You must know who you are and what you want to communicate with your photography so that you’re not just going off of a gut feeling of general dissatisfaction. This causes you to feel frustrated without being able to understand why you’re unhappy with your work and is completely unproductive because you have no idea how to fix it. If you’re unhappy with your work and you can’t articulate why, it’s a good indication that you need to do some soul searching. You must know what type of work you want to create well enough that you're able to write it down or explain it to someone else. For example, if your ideal style is dark and moody, yet your current work looks bright and joyful, you can point to specific things that need to change like posing or lighting.
Then it’s just doing the work. It’s a simple answer that we often don’t want to hear, but hard work is what will make you great. So get out there and make photographs. Create personal work that is for no one but yourself. Come home, edit them, and analyze - what is it about these images that you love? What don’t you love? And then go make more photographs, correcting your mistakes.
And then repeat.
Work and hustle and try again and again (and again) until you’re finally happy with the results you’re achieving.
When you’re in a creative funk, I know that the last thing you want to do is get out there and create. It’s hard. It’s laborious. It’s not always fun. But if do n’t do it? You’ll never improve. It’s the only thing that will make you better, so get out there, try, fail, learn, repeat, and never stop growing.
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