Can a photographer with enormous creative potential still be creative when stressed to the max?
Saturday, 29 June 2013
How stress affects your creativity
Some photographers excel when the pressure is on, with deadlines to meet and budgets tighter than a Botero girdle. They're the high octane brigade.
Over 20 years of photography teaching and tour leading I've noticed photographers seriously stressed with work, family or relationship issues struggle to produce artistic images.
Photography is usually a major interest. Their day job is in middle or senior management; long hours, pressures and low job satisfaction.
They often join a tour with a head cold or extreme tiredness.
On tour, they spend the first week sleeping and recharging; week two they are back to shooting and by week three they are back to creating and enjoying life.
Everyone, including photographers, need sufficient time to think, dream, create and play.
Photography is more than buying an expensive camera. Its more than pushing a button or playing Photoshop. Photography is a love affair with life.
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