Mark Bauer • How To Kick-Start Your Creativity

At one time or another, all photographers end up in the photographic doldrums, feeling unmotivated and frustrated; perhaps stuck in a rut, feeling that we are just covering the same old ground and not creating anything new or worthwhile. Mark Bauer shares his thoughts on this ‘painful’ subject

I certainly found myself in the situation described above last year, when there was a rare spell of decent weather, and I let the opportunity pass by, partly because I was struggling to think of locations that I had not photographed to death, and partly because I just did not feel like taking any pictures, even though I felt I ought to be out making the most of the light. Basically, I was feeling somewhat burned out, having done a number of workshops and quite a lot of writing.

At moments like these, we describe ourselves usually as feeling uninspired or lacking in inspiration. After torturing myself for a few days, wondering where my inspiration had gone, and when it would return, I came to the conclusion that inspiration has nothing to do with it at all and, in fact, the very concept of inspiration actually can have a negative effect on our ability to be creative and to produce good work.

One of the interesting things about inspiration and creativity is the difference in vocabulary used to describe the endeavours of artists/photographers / writers and business people. Almost invariably, the word inspiration is used in connection with ...

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Mark Bauer

Mark Bauer is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers with work published worldwide. He is the author of 3 books, including ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’ (with Ross Hoddinott).

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