Take Out Time As An Artist: Improve Your Creativity
“The time I spent with Mother Nature, free from distraction, deadline and the busy life of a photographer really did me well. It was a great gift to myself”
A while back, I took a journey of solitude, one that had nothing to do with photography, business or any form of work. The journey I took to Colorado and Norway was about me, solely me. So I might be detached from any social life or my work for quite sometimes. It was for the sake of my own sanity and well being.
As a creative artist, a photographer, to function well, I have to have an extremely creative and animated mind. My brain has to carve out intriguing ideas. When this doesn’t happen because of the busy world or the troubles that plague every human, it somehow affects my work. As I found out, any creative individual has to take out time of solitude, travel alone, unwind, and reflect. During this period, their brain becomes open to new ideas, and inspirations. Any artist that wants to excel in his or her area of expertise needs to unwind. The brain is a computer that needs to cool off, get an upgrade to function properly.
For some of you, you might feel guilty doing this. Because taking time off and away means procrastinating and stop hustling, thinking you are wasting time that would have been spent being productive. Once a computer, a machine that is capable of working on end, is not given necessary break, it starts to break down. The same can be said about the human self. Don’t see the time spent in solitude, discovering yourself as a waste of time, you are unwinding your brain, and getting it to work well once more. See it as being productive, but in a different way.
The time I spent with Mother Nature, free from distraction, deadline and the busy life of a photographer really did me well. It was a great gift to myself.
Though many people feel solitude is not for them, especially those that feel that they are extroverted. The truth will always remain that even in the most extroverted human is a bit of introvert tendency. No matter how scared you are of being in solitude and left with your thoughts, one thing you should know is that it will have great effects on creative thinking and productivity.
Solitude Boosts Creativity And Efficiency
Spending sometimes alone does help me a lot to maintain my creativity. The time most scientists and even Great artists like Da Vinci functioned well was in solitude. Their brains become unclogged with the stress of human society, and then they think openly. How often we find ourself a great idea during moments when we are totally relax and not during stressful moments full of pressure and instructions. The same thing can apply to a photographer. So going out to nature, climbing mountains, setting a tent in somewhere remote detaching myself from civilisation is my way of preservering my creativity. As you all know that my work does fully depends on my creative ideas.
Solitude Helps Us Build Healthy Relationships
As a busy photographer that spends most of her day, flying around, it is not easy to keep up with work and those I love. When I took that journey of solitude, I realised that I had fallen apart with those that cared about me. I realised that I had spent my days ignoring the calls of my loved one, leaving them hanging, and even standing them up. No matter how busy one is, great relationships are needed. That is the backbone of every great photographer, as it allows inspiration to flow from different directions.
Even the best of brains need time to relax, to unwind. That’s why great photographers and professionals know when it is time to take a step back from the world, and give their brain what it desires- solitude and a time to unclog.
Take out the time to enjoy solitude. It will help.
Solitude Gives Your Mind What It Demands