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Does beginning a new creative endeavor boost creativity in other areas?
May 14, 2009 at 3:58 pm #72004
I’m looking for others’ experiences in this. I recently started a photography class – I really wanted to learn to use the very nice camera our office purchased. Too nice to use on automatic settings. I’ve actually been doing very well in the class, not that it’s been easy for me to learn aperture, shutter speeds and ASA settings. As this has gone better and better, though, I feel it has been boosting creativity throughout my work. Is this success breeding confidence and more success, or creativity stimulating more creativity in other arenas? Anyone have any thoughts, experiences to share?
May 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm #72016
David L. JohnstonParticipant
I have observed that my ‘real’ job benefits immensely from freelance projects that I may be working on. I personally find that multiple having multiple creative projects concurrently or consecutively make it easier to keep myself in a creative frame of mind for longer periods of time. Plus, one creative area sparking an idea that may be benefit another area, such as taking a photograph that I later inspires on of my designs.
May 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm #72014
I think creativity stimulates more creativity in other areas – it’s like once your brain starts thinking a new way, it sees possibilities in everything. You might have to take notes to keep up with yourself! 😉
May 14, 2009 at 9:54 pm #72012
Ah, Jerry, you always make sense! Thanks for your thoughts! The photography’s been fun, even tho we’ve spent all our time on still subjects, and I need to work with moving subjects, it’s finally coming together. I’ll have to post some of my pics.
May 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm #72010
This is a great question Michelle. It reminds me of a study that found if people listened to a comedy routine before a task, they approached that task in a more creative manner (take note all of you who would like to have more productive meetings). The comedy routine promoted greater openness to new options. Maybe something similar is at work in your photography example [besides the great value of learning to frame experience in new ways]. Your creativity in one area is developing flexibility and openness (and risk taking) that can be applied in other areas.
Michelle I would like to see your photographs. Maybe we should establish a new topic called something like “Creative Works” where people can share examples of their art, inventions, experiments.
May 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm #72008
Thanks, Robert. I’ve finally added a few of my assignment pics to my profile page along with my others. Thanks for the interest…I hope it’s worth it! You probably would have enjoyed our class last night; the assignment was to “think outside the box” by taking photos of ordinary things seen in a different way. I’ll go add a few of those now. It was a very difficult assignment – I don’t think anyone liked it, and there were fewer successes than usual. Many people had a difficult time grasping what the assignment actually entailed, so didn’t really fulfill it. I know I deleted many more frames – exponentially – than I kept, then I whittled those way down. I still wasn’t happy with most, despite some serious contortions trying to get interesting angles that worked. It was a very concrete example of looking at things in different ways, though!
May 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm #72006
Oh Yes, creativity is a must, even if you are doing it on the side rather than part of the ‘job.’ Learning new things keeps us young, keeps the mind active in more ways than we think. It does so much and I doubt we even begin to know how much pushing our creative side, even for a solid left brainer, can boost our skills sets and out look. It doesn’t even have to be ‘creative’. A person could simply challenge them selves to use their other hand or to lead off with their other foot when walking – anything to wake up the other side of our brains. I like to toss a ball back and forth between my hands when I’m stumped at work as it helps clear the cobwebs and opens up those other channels. Helps a lot!
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