The best storytellers get stuck in a creative rut. They know their story, the theme is clear and their methods are working,
so why change things?
I have found that when I experiment, my images go from working to WOW.
Sometimes that WOW is only one amazing image using a particular method.
Sometimes, that WOW is, “Wow, that didn’t work AT.ALL!”
More often than that, though, I end up with new inspiration about how to tell my story.
I may not use the exact method ever again, but something (the color, the emotion, the movement) about the image will tuck itself into my creative brain to be beckoned by the muse at the right moment.
With some experimental work, it turns into a staple of my work. Puddle reflections are an example of that happening.
I love to tell a story of childhood memories, and the dreaminess of a puddle image helps set that nostalgic mood.
And BUBBLES. I think bubbles have become a storytelling staple for me too! They match my theme of magical childhood and the colors and wonder draw me in for more.
This month, our theme at The Art of Storytelling is Experimenting with the Story.
The goal is to push yourself, to try something you never have before, to experiment with your current methods.
Shoot through something (a copper pipe, a plastic bag, water, bubbles!),
play around with freelensing or intentionally out of focus images,
edit an image in a new way,
try different perspectives – get low, get high, get sideways, spin in a circle!
Play with the Bulb mode to include more motion in your images.
Shoot at night.
Just try something new. Experiment. Or try something old in a new way. Shake up your creative brain.
You never know when something new will become that one thing that solidifies your voice, that feeds your artist’s soul what it didn’t know it needed. I cannot wait to see the creativity this month!