I love being a creative for so many reasons. Last week, at the end of two very unproductive weeks at home, I dropped into London to see Felix Kunze give a talk on Stories in Portraiture. Nine months earlier, I'd assisted him photograph Olympic gamesmakers outside Hyde Park, after which he went on to capture and share 650 portraits for free. I'd been meaning to message him for months, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to catch up.
I love being a creative because every day you're surprised and inspired. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Felix's talk. Perhaps a few stories of people he's photographed, how the shoots went and what he's learnt are the best tips to capturing the best portraits. And I was right, but so wrong! Felix's stories were packed with his ethos behind the images, little tricks to reveal the true subject and inspiring lessons to absorb. I related completely to his preference of photographing real people, rather than models; my Academink project came to mind on more than one occasion. The challenge of capturing someone's true self, is sometimes far more satisfying than moulding a model's blank canvas. It's made me completely reevaluate what it is to be a portraiture photographer, or at least the kind I aspire to be. I couldn't be happier!
I love being a creative because every day and every person is so deliciously different. Of course, after the only lecture I've ever paid 100% attention to (after 4 years at uni), we went out for some Thai food. My meal almost went cold from chatting to Felix and the Nikon Owner subscribers so much, but the sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice was still fantastic! It's moments like that, relaxing and chatting with other inspiring creatives, blurring the lines between business and pleasure, that makes any hope of following a corporate career drain away. I feel both more confident and more terrified about the path I'm looking to travel now, but I can't wait to finish my masters and get stuck in. I'll probably look back on those words in a few years time and ask myself what on earth I was thinking.
I love being a creative because the challenge of creating something beautiful from nothing is euphoric. I also have tendency to wrestle with perfection, knowing I'll inevitably lose. I relish the struggle, because every choice and mistake breathes life into the final body. You may have noticed the website has changed a tad. I've opened it up, and tightened it down in preparation for when I become the photographer I aspire to be. That's right, I have big plans. You'll find out what those are soon enough! In the meantime, I hope you like the new layout and styling, because I certainly do. This post could easily stretch on for a thousand miles, but I'll likely springboard off it a few times in the future.
I love being a creative, because I finally feel like the person I was meant to be.
Are you a creative? Tell me how you feel about it below!
If you'd like a taster of Felix's inspiring talk, check out his article in Nikon Owner magazine here.
Title image of Felix talking, by David Gordon-Smith.