I recently had a conversation with a friend about inspiration and challenging one’s creativity.
A couple of nationally known photographers I follow have declared ‘abstinence’ from viewing the work of others due to thinking it hinders their personal creativity and vision. I, on the other hand, tend to spend a great deal of time viewing the work of others to find new ideas, techniques, and inspiration.
Here are a few of my recent images that have been inspired by the work of others.
Inspired by Frances Seward
Inspired by Karen Messeck
The question I wrestle with, however, is how do we as artists ‘honor’ the source of inspiration while challenging ourselves to learn new techniques and stretch our own personal creativity?
While I love finding inspiration from others, I also love it when a viewer says “I knew immediately that piece was yours. You have your own ‘voice.’”
”Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.” — Henry Ward Beecher.
Contributed by Sue Henry