This question was posed to me in the form of an email subject line. An email from one of the many online training sites that are available to all of us these days. This one struck a chord with me, though. (The subject line did, at least. I have to admit I did not read the entire email.) “What did you create today?” My answer was “Nothing.” Why hadn’t I? I consider myself a “creative.” I work in a creative industry, I pursue creative outlets in my free time -- there was simply no reason for me not to have done something creative that day, or any day for that matter. I know full well that it is not possible to create something fantastic on a daily basis, or even weekly, or maybe even monthly. But it’s possible to create some small thing every day, right? Even if no other person ever sees it, or even knows that I did it, it will still resonate with me and have value. It could be a simple experiment -- something to try, to learn from, something that may prove useful in some unforeseen way, in the future. I may simply learn that something doesn’t work. This can be just as valuable. So I have taken to asking myself this question every day; using it as a mantra, or a call to battle. Either way, motivation to create one small, simple thing, each day.
Duluth, Minnesota based photographer specializing in Landscape and Environmental Portraiture.