creativity

Stop over thinking and create

These are my latest creative works based on my self-portraits.

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The biggest difference between a portrait session for a client and my own personal creative work, is that I never plan my creative shoots ahead. Things happen litterally on the spot once I get into the creative mode. I walk clients through the whole service package and process. From preparation to execution, a framework is there ensuring that my client gets what they need/want, while giving space to any eventual creative calling during their shoot for some cool surprise at the viewing.

Quite often I feel the urge to shoot because I feel that I am catching a glimpse of an inspiration by its tail. I am confident that if I follow that spiritual and physical urge, I can go into full creative mode. I actually do not care that much about the outcome. What counts is the dynamic of the moment allowing me to just focus on getting something done. If I picture myself emerging from the wall, I will just go look for a way to make it happen with existing resources: decide which lens to use, which camera angle to set up, what to wear, how to act, etc.

And quite often, what I picture at the beginning and what I get at the end are quite different. When you are your only client, it is vital to listen to the creative flow otherwise there is no point doing it.

Creating is fun, transcending and surprising. It takes courage to get into full creative mode without the guarantee of success. It also takes courage to create because every part of your work is a reflection of you, your personality, including your strengths and weaknesses. I feel almost like a stripper putting myself out there. But what a happy stripper I am, not relying on anyone's "approval" to do what creates value to me.

Dream Tight

We are so used to saying "sleep tight" before we go to bed. But for creative people like us, now I like telling them "dream tight." 

Isn't dream the most unexpected and wild adventure of our brain? It puts you into incredible settings with totally unrelated people and crazy (sometimes ridiculous) scenarios! It opens up all possibilities of combination (you do remember the most ridiculous dream you once had, don't ya? :D). Although I do get tired sometimes after a night of dreaming adventures, I am very grateful to be a person who remembers some of her dreams. It shows that my brain still has that capacity to jump out of the box (sorry for any bloody image this saying may evoke).

So let me leave you with this for today: Dream tight, think wild and execute. 

I created this picture a few days ago. Creative ideas sometimes shine like eclipse in a corner of our mind. You have to go catch them by being present in your creative work every single day.

I created this picture a few days ago. Creative ideas sometimes shine like eclipse in a corner of our mind. You have to go catch them by being present in your creative work every single day.

Go deep on creativity

Recently I have been listening to Cal Newport's book "Deep Work". It's about concentrating on the creation of work of high quality in a world full of distraction. It seriously makes me rethink the way I use my energy in my daily routine, so that I can create photography of better quality by going deeper into the message and rendering of each image.

I feel that my mind is craving its alone time more than ever! Therefore I have been cutting down on social activity in order to concentrate on my creativity. And because I am not a chick who sits there and waits for inspiration to come, I spend long hours trying different elements (lighting, props, angle, outfit, etc.) in order to refine every bit of idea lingering in those little corners of my mind, shouting to get sculpted by a creator. 

So my new series, "Série Noire," carrying exactly the same name of Alain Corneau's film in 1979 played by my favourite French actor of all time, the great Patrick Dewaere, is the fruit of this period of joyful solitude and deep concentration. 

In my "Série Noire," I explore the parallel universe that exists in each of us, where we can find our "deep" self, the true self or a potential self that we haven't been able to exploit yet. Although the images are dark, our true self doesn't necessarily need to be dark. The use of darkness and the blue colour is a metaphor of depth, in a state of relaxation, like what you imagine when you try to picture the endless ocean. And when my protagonist in one of the pictures seems to be falling, she may be just flying, swimming or simply suspended in he parallel world of no gravity. All the pictures remain very open for interpretation. You can project your own narrative into each of them.

So my last few weeks were all about focusing on channelling my creative dynamic with full concentration, sculpting my narrative in order to create connection with you who are viewing my work.

We all love creating, don't we? Like what Georges Brassens, a famous French singer in the last generation, said, "Avec un peu de merde et beaucoup de volonté, on peut faire des tas de choses." (With a little bit of scrap and a lot of willingness, we can make a whole bunch of things.)

Enjoy my work and create your own stuff!

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