Photography as a Creative Tool
Creativity is Not a Skill
My work as a web designer and front-end developer requires technical skill, sure – but also a large amount of creativity. Skills can be learned, practiced and refined. When a particular skill is needed, you just reach into your toolbox and it's right there. Creativity on the other hand, is different. It's a new way of seeing ... an alternate direction of thought. When you need creativity, sometimes it's not there. You're sitting at your desk staring at your screen – the cursor just blinking ... waiting – and you've got nothing.
The act of photography can lubricate your mind – as an activity, it requires you to slow down and see things ... patterns, textures, faces, light. Walking now has a completely different context – it's not about the destination, but the journey. Your mind becomes alive and is allowed to roam and this is when creativity can strike. The next time you're struggling with a creative problem, do yourself a favor: grab your camera and go outside.
These five shots are from one creative break I took the other day in SoHo. Shot with my Panasonic Lumix GX-1 and processed with VSCO Film 5