Posts Tagged Creativity

100 Landscape Photographers Worth Knowing…

We see these lists, all the time. Most are long, endless lists of boring sameness. Lifeless lists of lemmings; photographers, with a few exceptions, who all look the same. All copying each others work in a repetitive, diminishing circle of indistinguishable and interchangeable styles and ideas. Most lists are worthless. Surely the purpose of such lists is to showcase artists where each has been carefully chosen to bring something of particular value into the sphere of other Landscape Photographers. An outward looking list. A rich tapestry of creative and functional ideas, styles and techniques; contrasting, challenging, thought provoking and truly useful. A mix of the old and the new, traditional and avant-garde. A diverse list which helps other photographers to grow. So, I thought I would put together my own list below.

Creativity and the Photographer

This is not a discussion about the rule-of-thirds, composition or other such things. I'd like to take you to a different place, with perhaps a fresh perspective. I am certain there are no easy formulas. Yet, I think there are a few helpful ideas which can guide us. Let me share two in particular....

Slow down…

Now, I have learnt to slow down and even stop, with out guilt. For me, it is the "without guilt" thing which makes a huge difference in how quickly I can bounce back with creative vigour.

Becoming a photographer ~ part 1: the struggle to see

How does a photographer look beyond the camera and learn to how develop creative vision and artist insight. Learning how to be a photographer: "In those early days, what I was producing was a functional record of my day out with a camera. It was as if a photocopier had just copied what was in front of my eyes. I saw something nice, so I would take a picture of it. Simple. The result was nice pretty pictures, well exposed, but there was not a lot more. I felt uncomfortable because I sensed that something was missing...."