I recently had the pleasure of attending a conference in Santa Fe called “Design with Heart” with my wife Joely. It was a conference for textile artists and since I am a photographer I was skeptical about its usefulness to my artistic endeavors. It turns out that a significant part of the conference was about creativity and how to fully apply yourself in your art.
I took a great workshop called “Intuition & The Creative Process” by Rebecca Bluestone. Quoting from the workshop description: “This seminar is based on the premise that creativity is not something we think up, rather we access I through our intuition and imagination.” It was a very enlightening class that went into how to tap into your creativity by working with your right brain and getting more in tune with your inner self and deepening your sense of connectedness with nature.
Ellen Kochansky gave a talk entiled “Cultural Compost and My Work”. She talked about how life’s lessons can be inspiration for creativity. Everything from lessons plants in your garden to struggling with a brain tumor. She also discussed looking at various aspects of life for creativity. For instance for perspective think about different views such as windows, airplanes, spaceships, and microscopes. Images are a way of communicating beyond words and you can do storytelling about celebration, grief, affirmation, gratitude and many many other things.
I also got to hear Paola Gianturco a photo essayist discuss her new book “In Her Hands”. Paola did some incredibly moving work in this book which is actually helping to change women’s lives around the world. It is truly a great example of harnessing the power of photography for the good of humankind.