Creativity is Its Own Reward


In my late teens and early 20s I was a street shooter in New York City. I’d walk down a street with my camera in my hand. If something grabbed me I’d quickly raise my camera, approximate exposure, focus, compose, shoot, and move on. Sometimes I really got into it and things would just flow.

When I would go through my contact sheets I was always surprised and disappointed to see which images worked and which didn’t. It was rare that the images I was so excited about ended up fulfilling my expectations.

Later when I was doing 4×5 images of nature, I was lucky to shoot 10 images in a weekend; and with the time and expense, the disappointment was even more. There never seemed to be a correlation between the thrill and flow and the resulting work.

Now with shooting digital, I don’t worry about film and expenses. I just allow myself to get excited about things and try to make photographs with my excitement.

That excitement is all I need. I’m always surprised with what grabs my attention. I’ll go out to photograph trees and I end up with clouds or rocks in the creek.

Creativity is its own thing to participate in and enjoy. Sometimes creativity produces something wonderful and sometimes it doesn’t. The joy of being creative and immersed is not diminished by the result.

~ by danbaumbach on March 29, 2019.

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