In it, Scott mentions how low self esteem stunts creativity, and how freeing it is to let yourself fail. While I’m familiar with those ideas (although I seem to need constant reminders) what was new to me, were his ideas on being authentic:
“I learned this concept best by listening to John Paul Caponigro. He was talking about other art forms and mentioned that in Asia for instance, artists don’t worry about coming up with something new, they work within an existing form and try to expand it.”
I especially like what Scott wrote at the end of his article:
“Don’t focus on NEW – focus on authentic. Being original isn’t being new – it’s being you.”
Where will being authentic take you? Will you write a book? Paint a painting? Who knows? Maybe you’ll start taking your photography more seriously.
What do you think about these ideas? What holds you back – or spurs you on – creatively? Who inspires you? What inspires you? Inquiring minds (that is to say, me and the inquisitive grackle in the photo above) want to know.
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