Finding Inspiration in the Sameness

Have you found yourself looking around for new ideas and coming up empty? It can be hard as an artist, creative, or business person to find creative ideas, especially when you need them most.

One of the things I do when I’m stuck in a rut with my photography is to challenge myself to find inspiration in the sameness. This means really leaning into my every day routine and finding a new way to look at something I see every day.

Last weekend was the most recent example of me using this strategy. On Saturday afternoon, I finally had a few minutes to take landscape photos for the first time in a while. However, a lack of sleep and residual stress from several events had me feeling less than creative.

Zooming in on these blooms on a tree I see every day helped me get out of a creative drought.

So, I decided to head out into my front yard and challenge myself to find a new way to photograph a spot I see every single day. This was a real test because we don’t have much of a front yard, the lighting was pretty harsh and there’s not much around besides pavement, parked cars and my neighbors houses.

These conditions forced me to look up and zoom in close on the fading blooms on the lone tree in the area. The result is the photo in this post.

I encourage you to try this tip the next time your creativity is lacking. Challenging yourself to closely examine the familiar can turn your imagination back on and help get your creativity flowing again.

What are your go to strategies for finding creative inspiration?

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