I think everyone is at least vaguely familiar with Isaac Newton’s laws of motion. I realize there is a good chance that I just lost half of you who read that first sentence, but if you’ve made it this far, hang in there. One of Newton’s three laws states that an object at rest remains at rest until an external force acts upon it. I think that is the first of Newton’s laws, but I don’t remember for sure and I’m too lazy to google it.
Today, it dawned on me that this law also applies to my creativity. Specifically, my creativity at rest remains at rest until an external force acts upon it. And that is exactly the case right now, and I’m searching for an external force. Several posts ago, I wrote that I’m struggling to rekindle my creative drive after an extended sedentary period. I don’t remember exactly when I posted it and I’m too lazy to find it in my list of posts. Whenever it was, I’m sure I lamented the fact that I was in a creative dry spell. I couldn’t think of any good stuff to write. My photographs seemed flat. I didn’t seem to be moving forward. Even after going to China! My creative juices had evaporated. Well, the drought is threatening to blossom into a full-fledged dust bowl. My creativity has been at rest and it continues to be at rest. Damn you, Isaac Newton!
So, in an effort to overcome this inertia, I recently started taking at least one picture each day. It can be with my iPhone or my digital SLR. It can be a landscape or anything else. Any topic is fair game. The only constraint is that it has to be a creative photograph (i.e., it can’t be a documentary-type image). It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, just creative. So far, I’m thoroughly enjoying it!
Of course, the images aren’t the type of images that I usually share here (i.e., mountains, streams, sand dunes, trees, etc.), but I’m going for it. Here are eight recent images that I’ve put together in a collage. I hope you enjoy them. Even if not, I’m sure they are providing the external force I need to move my creativity beyond its sedentary state!
My advice: don’t let your creativity rest, it is difficult to get it moving again!!