My reflection against NYC's skyline
I’m going to share with you all the one thing that got my creative juices flowing again after they’ve been stagnant for a little while. It was in front of me the whole time, and probably has been for you too.
All I did was pick up my camera again and click the shutter.
Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to come by or realize.
Many people have written about using what you got and making it work. Artists, photographers, writers, engineers, designers, you name it- no matter what field you’re in, you’ve been stuck creatively before. And FYI, every single person is creative (it took me a while to get to that, but it’s true), so yes this includes you.
My partner and I celebrated our two year anniversary this weekend and it was absolutely magical. We saw Kinky Boots on Broadway (and got my playbook signed afterwards!), visited Midtown Comics (my first time!), visited Madame Tussauds’s wax musuem, and the biggest surprise of all for me, a beautiful night at the W Hotel in Hoboken, NJ. The hotel had the most breathtaking view of NYC.
The Empire State building viewed from Hoboken, NJ
The Freedom Tower viewed from Hoboken, NJ.
Woke up at dawn to witness the beautiful sunrise
Before all of that happened, I made myself take my camera with me as we hit up Manhattan.
You see, I am a native New Yorker; I grew up in the Bronx. I feel as if there’s not much for me to photograph in Time Square because it is all the same to me.
But, boy am I happy I brought it. I didn’t take one picture of Time Square, but I did take some beautiful portraits of my beloved while we were hanging out in front of Midtown Comics.
I see him quite often, I see NYC often, even parts of New Jersey are becoming familiar to me. This makes it feel that much harder to look at things and him anew, it makes me feel like I have nothing to photograph.
But that’s straight up false.
I mentioned this same topic on Periscope last week (if you care to view my scopes, follow me @MariahTexidor). I was taking a walk with AJ in Hoboken and allowed (not quite forced) myself to see things differently. To look at it all as if it was new to me. Wouldn’t you know I did indeed find a few new things and ways to photograph.
I was pretty obsessed with the way the water looked on Sunday morning.
I have been aching to feel this spark inside me, and perhaps you have too. Something to light you up and recharge your creativity. Maybe you’re a photographer too and haven’t picked up your camera in a while (perhaps some of my recent graduates fall into here *guilty*), or you’re a painter and have let your paintbrushes sit there, or you’re a writer and just have not gotten yourself to write a single word that you care about.
While it may feel like in the world of an artist it is life or death, this is quite normal. This won’t be the last time.
I don’t remember where I heard it, but I have this quote written down: “you can’t expect to be 'on' all the time. It’s all an ebb and flow”.
I challenge you to take that walk you’ve taken a million times, pull that partner or friend of yours you see so often, and make something. Anything. No one says it has to be good. Don’t put any more imaginary pressure on yourself.
While this wasn’t the first time I’ve picked up my camera since graduating in May, I can tell you life has a way of making you stop in your tracks and let the things you love most collect dust. Just dust off whatever your tool is and get to makin’!
Whatever you make, share it with me! Put it in the comments, send me a snap on Snapchat! (@mariahtexidor), or shoot me an email. I would love to see it!
Have you heard the advice “make with whatcha got” before? What happened when you took it? If you didn't take it, why not?
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Here is to the ebb and flow of creativity.
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