Posted by: kjcotner | March 23, 2010

Creative Interference

“As photographers, we should study and reflect upon the details of the process; practice is essential, for when we are making photographs, we should be free to work creatively and intuitively, drawing upon our knowledge and experience to bring everything together as a performing musician must do – with no interference of technical issues with the ‘creative flow’.” -Ansel Adams

I’m reading ‘The Negative’ and this quote is part of the chapter on the zone system. Ansel was talking specifically about previsualizing the print and making that mental image a reality by having the methodology ingrained through practice so much so that it’s as natural as breathing. So you’re free to create. He discusses techniques for visualization, the first step, in the first chapter.

I think the concept of creative interference for photography ramifies beyond technical issues and encompasses creative interference in day to day life. Theres people that believe you have to train yourself to think creatively, that unless you’ve been blessed by some supernatural power you need to discover through trial and error how to think creatively. I think they are mistaken. The roots of creative thought come from being able to do things at will we aren’t forced into doing but nevertheless match the situation at hand. Everybody is capable of doing this. It’s human nature. However tons of people lose this perspective because they think some of us just aren’t creative and some of us just are. Everyday people are creative in the most amazing ways. From casual conversation to looking at sunsets. Theres no answer to why we do these things, but we do know we do them because we’re human.

Theres interference from this natural creative human behavior, master/slave or boss/worker relationships for example and part of my journey is to help develop our natural human ability for creative thought by getting rid of that interence for myself and never be interference for anyone else.

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