Sometimes I'll like to challenge myself to some creative exercises to help me stay sharp in regards to thinking creatively. I'm primarily a portrait and landscape photographer, but I do like photographing other genres of photography. It's important as a photographer to maintain an open mind when it comes to artistic work. Along with reading, I study the works of other photographers, painters, and artist that draw. Inspiration for photo shoot or fine art concept can be found in anything from a painted wall to a butterfly. Creativity won't fall out of the sky on your, you have to be looking for it. I explored the boundaries of my creative thinking a few years ago when I did a Project 365. A Project 365 is a personal project where the photographer has to take a new photograph of something every day for 365 days. During my Project 365 I had to come up with ideas for a photograph concept because some days I did not have a client to photograph.
One challenge that I like to do, is to attempt to photograph something I wouldn't consider art in a creative manner to produce an artistic photograph. The goal of this challenge is to force me to think out of the box, to re-evalute things, places, and ideas that I wouldn't consider to be artistic. This is an exercise that I'll do whenever the urge hits me. There are times to further challenge myself I'll attempt this exercise with just my cell phone to see what I can create. I'm always pleased when I produce a photograph, but that's not the goal of doing this. Going through the process of consistently thinking in a creative fashion is my ultimate objective.
The below photograph is one that I took while riding in an elevator with Photography Jaleel King in Philadelphpia, Pennsylvania at his studio. The title for this image is "Going Down," taken with the Sony RX-100 IV camera.
The other two photographs below were taken with my iPhone.
Challenge yourself in whatever you do in life. Constantly look for the beauty and art in every situation you find yourself in. You don't always have to produce a final image to benefit from the process of practising creative thinking.