I had an interesting conversation the other day. I was fortunate enough to chat with photographer Ben Von Wong about inspiration, creative vision, etc and he made a rather fascinating comment: “Provide boundaries and problems to spark creativity.” (Paraphrased)
I love going to photo class. It’s always a new adventure and there are always cool projects to work on. All the photo gear is super-fun to play with and I get to learn new things every day.
My students seem to enjoy it as well.
I put up that last post (100 Tips from a Professional Photographer) a few days ago. Then, I was lucky enough to catch presentations by Rosh Sillars as well as one by SpiltSugar. It got me thinking a bit. I figured that since I have ideas, perhaps I should write a list. The best way to advance as an artist is to try new things. What better catalyst than an objective party’s suggestions?
But this could be bigger – WAY BIGGER.
I want everyone to participate. Why should this be limited to one person’s concepts?
Over the past three days, I have compiled a list of photographers from across the United States and from around the world, that I follow regularly or know personally. However, I don’t know everyone on the planet – so it’s a safe bet that I’ve missed one or two… million. This is where I need your help. If you are a photographer, know one, follow one, or simply know of someone that would be great for this sort of collaboration, please pass this along.
I’m looking for tips or concepts to keep in mind while we’re creating work – no long presentations, nothing proprietary to your businesses- just friendly advice. If you were at a convention or presentation and a fan came up to you and asked for a couple tips, what would you say?
I sent the initial email to my list of people this morning. Please forward this post to as many photographers as you know.
If you have a concept for the list or a person I should contact, please leave a comment. Thank you so much – I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s make something!