I did a little challenge for myself back in December, and yes, it's now March and I'm finally blogging about it but hey, better late than never!
I love a month-long challenge, and I was feeling creatively frustrated so I decided to challenge myself for one month to create an image every day that was at least Instagram-worthy. It didn't have to be my best work, it just had to be new and something I would be willing to share online. I developed a system of what I was working with along the way, which became small-scale shots with really vibrant colors for the most part.
Honestly, I was feeling sorry for myself for not having the means to purchase a bunch of professional backgrounds and backdrops for my home studio. But I realized that what I did have was a large collection of beautiful (but small, maybe 5"X9") paper that my Mom had given me years ago. For some reason I had kept it all, so I thought I'd work with it and see what I could do.
I wasn't always a believer in this concept of practicing creativity. I thought I could only be creative when I felt inspired, and also that I shouldn't force that inspiration. But this little experiment not only ignited my creativity, it became an inspiration itself. The further I got along into the month, the more adamant I became that I would complete the challenge and not miss a day.
It turned into a really great time to play around with shape, color and texture, and the restraint of using such small backgrounds was actually a pretty fun parameter to work with. Also, I ended up with a much broader range of produce in my fridge than normal, which shook up my routine of buying the same fruits and veggies almost every week. Bonus!
I'm now a total believer in the idea that creativity can be fostered through practice. It's that whole theory that you just need to make and make and make more of whatever it is that you create, and you'll probably come up with a lot of bad stuff, but eventually some good ideas will come out. I know my little challenge was on a very small scale but I still found that idea to be true. I didn't love all of the images I made during it, but it definitely got my creative juices flowing and I did come up with some photos I'm pretty proud of. Here are a few of them!