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"Balancing Artistry and Business: Navigating the Challenges of Creative Photography”

The Highs and Lows of Being a Creative Photographer

Creativity is a mysterious force that transcends the boundaries of time and space. It touches our souls and evoke emotions deep within us. As creatives, we are constantly on a journey, navigating through our creative lives. In this blog post, I want to share my experiences and reflect on how solitude, thoughts, and the influence of other artists have shaped my artistic journey.



Young Photographer


Finding Solitude

Solitude has become an integral part of my creative process. When I am alone, I have the freedom to delve into the depths of my thoughts, allowing my imagination to flourish. It allows me to disconnect from the external world and focus on my craft. Whether it's sitting in a quiet room, hiking in nature, or traveling alone, solitude provides me with the necessary time and space to explore my ideas and bring my visions to life. Meditation is also extremely helpful to me as it allows me to clear my mind, but also allows me to focus on what I need to with many aspects of my life.



Old abandon house


Lost in Thought and Creative Flow

One of the most remarkable things about being alone is the feeling of getting lost in the flow of thought. In my solitude, I can let go of any distractions and simply be consumed by my ideas. It's a liberating experience that allows me to think outside the box and push the boundaries of creativity. It's like being in a trance, where my mind and body are aligned, and I am one with my creativity. It is through music that I get into the flow, or as Sheldon would say, in the ZONE.



Hunters looking for that last bird of the day


Questions and Indecisions

As an artist, I am constantly questioning, wondering, and deliberating. The fluctuations of my creative life are often characterized by periods of uncertainty and doubt. I find myself asking: "Is this the right direction for my work?" Why am I struggling to find inspiration? When will this creative block end?" These moments of introspection and reflection can be both challenging and fruitful. They force me to reevaluate my path and explore new ways to make my photography more meaningful to me.



Glamour photo session


"Ruts do not have to become graves." ~David Duchemin


Photography in Waves

My creative photography journey has followed its own ebb and flow. Life's demands and responsibilities can at times take precedence over my art. There are times when photography takes a backseat, only to be brought back to the forefront when circumstances allow. These waves can be frustrating, but they also serve as a reminder that creativity is a journey that requires patience and adaptability. In order to achieve my photographic goals, I must put the time and effort into them.



Young woman gazing out to the field


Influence That Inspires

My recent inspiration came from the work of a photographer I greatly admire. David Duchemin's work has not only inspired me but also lifted my spirits. There is something powerful about David's photos; they are a testimony to the power of simplicity, beauty, and storytelling. His use of light and shadow, his attention to detail, and his ability to evoke emotion through his compositions have left me in awe. David gets down on the ground to take photographs of wild animals. Okay, I am not quite ready to do that. Yes, I am willing to do so for dogs.



Springer spaniel flushing a quail


In the event that you have the time, I highly recommend checking out the work of David Duchemin. He showcases his talent and artistry beautifully on his website, https://davidduchemin.com. His photographs are a true testament to creativity's power and how it connects us to the world and to one another. As a result of past injuries sustained in a 30 foot fall, David had his right foot amputated in June of 2023. Even though obstacles may arise, the man continues to get out there to capture photos. Crazy?? NO!! Just determined!!


The creative process is an ever-evolving process that includes peaks and valleys. Throughout the journey, there are moments of solitude, reflection, uncertainty, and inspiration. David Duchemin's work has been a valuable source of inspiration for me at this moment, and I hope it will do the same for you. My appreciation also extends to the work of many other photographers in this field. Perhaps a future blog post could explore their creative artistry.



A walk in the woods with his springer spaniel looking for one more Grouse


 

Reading


A Beautiful Anarchy -

David Duchemin


The Heart of the Photograph -

David Duchemin

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Listening

A Beautiful Anarchy Podcast -

David Duchemin


The Traveling Lens Course -

David Duchemin



 

2 Comments


Christina: I haven't been following your blogs that carefully, but reading this one teaches me of the reward to keep in better touch. Kevin Battistoni

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Thank you Christina. Your blog gives me a meaningful pause for a Sunday morning, to enjoy absorbing your words and your creativity.

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