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Creativity Over Equipment: An Existential Crisis

People see my work and often ask me, what kind of camera do you use? As someone who appreciates technology and gadgets, I don’t mind this question, but it is also a gentle reminder that it is not the equipment that matters. Anyone can go out and spend thousands of dollars on the highest rated professional camera on the market or the best oil paints money can buy, or the most expensive materials, etc. At the end of the day, though, nothing beats a well-composed photograph, an inspired painting or a video that tells a beautiful story and captures an audience.

You can’t put a price on creative desire.

If you are inspired to create, than you will create, regardless of your access to equipment. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Talent can not be bottled and produced on an assembly line. Creativity, as an abstract concept, can be practiced with discipline, much like yoga or meditation. Creative thinking takes risk and often results in failure, frustration and unmet expectations but it is the driving force behind the creation of any art.   At the end of the day, it all comes down to your desire to push your creative vision to the absolute limits, to the point where it seems almost surreal and you have stretched your imagination to the max. It is the desire to want to say something profound with more than just words. It’s the urge to capture a moment in time in a way that only you will truly ever understand.  It is embracing an unconventional existence and celebrating the often surprising results that come out of that existence. 

Take the time to learn your craft. 

Not having the most top of line equipment is okay. But make sure you take the time to invest in the knowledge of your craft.  Learn well what equipment you do have. Always strive to increase your knowledge. Follow others who can inspire you to reach for the stars. Know that you can always be better and do better, even at your best because in life, there is always room for improvement. Be humble about your work. Never, ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do or make or create that which makes you happy. Follow your bliss and the creativity will happily follow. 

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