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Photofocus: Resting to reclaim your motivation

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As we strive to lead creative and productive lifestyles, we all struggle to find motivation and inspiration. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and realize that resting is OK. Rest is one of the best things you can do to feed your creative soul.

Be inspired

This past weekend, I combined inspiration with creativity and rest. I attended a workshop on photography that was held at TaliesinWisconsin. It wasn’t resting in the sense that I lounged around reading books, or wandering quietly in the woods. It was the kind of rest that comes from being away.

“You are not lazy, unmotivated or stuck. After years of living life in survival mode, your body is exhausted. There is a difference.”

Nakeia Homer

The days were long but they were also filled to the brim. The days were filled with inspiration from being immersed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s world. The creative soul is also fed by spending time with other creatives and learning from them. They can also share stories, techniques, and knowledge.

Imagine learning at a place where so many architects have learned, created and innovated over the years.

The phrase “just be” came up quite often during the weekend. Instead of grabbing our cameras and clicking away, we took the time to “just be” in the spaces we were so privileged to be in. It allowed us the opportunity to feel the creative energy, history, and culture of the area.

“Just being” allows your mind to rest as well. It frees up the brain to process what you’re seeing, the shapes, light and colors. Ideas happen much more freely when you’re not actively trying to create.

Slowing down, resting and relaxing

If you are familiar with me, or follow my social media pages or here on Photofocus you will know that I am an advocate for Slowing down in our work. As I thought about what the instructor said over the weekend, one of my biggest takeaways came to mind.

We went around the table to answer the question, “what did you learn this weekend” and someone asked Andrew PielageWhat he learned from, the instructor. He said that he hadn’t thought about the fact that not everyone slows down to take a photo. Long exposures are imperative to the type of work he creates so it’s just natural for him to do some waiting while he’s creating images.

Taliesin red chair at Hillside resting

The more I thought about this the more it made me think about how I’m all about teaching photographers to slow down in order to see compositions and see things to photograph. But, I myself, do not slow down when I’m actually creating an image. I’m not patient, I don’t take the time to make sure I absolutely get the shot.

I’m so deliberate in my compositions and subjects, yet I don’t produce the end results that are possible because I rush the process of photographing what I see. So, lesson learned, and it’s a big one. Now I have to put this into practice with my own work.

Frank Lloyd Wright Room Taliesin at night black and white resting

I highly recommend taking photography workshops and taking weekends away from ‘real life’ to re-energize your creative spirit, find your muse and get lost in your own creativity. This workshop was lead by Andrew PielageFurther articles will be coming about his work with a Frank Lloyd Wright Project and his workshops. Also, if you’re curious about Taliesin or Frank Lloyd Wright colors, check out this Click here to learn more about the link.

Color me inspired.

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