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I was an assistant here in Sydney Australia for 6 years before I started shooting for myself and have to say it was the very best education you could ask for, working on every conceivable type of photography job for many different photographers and learning as much about what not to do as what to and how to deal with clients and direct talent... the list goes on and on and the best part I was paid for the privilege... paid to learn on a daily basis... I tried to study in a formal photography course and lasted one term before I returned to assisting...
I can't be creative if I'm not ingesting good art. That can be as simple as music, but ideally, I'm reading fiction or poetry. Creativity is magic and there's little magic to be found in my phone or in the eternal news cycle or work email loop. I must consume beauty to have a gnat's chance at making it.
When life gets too stressful or busy I still like to take my camera for a stroll in the woods. It is the best way for me to cope. Looking through the viewfinder calms my thoughts, lets me focus what is in front of my camera, allows me to be in the moment and forget everything else for a little.
Take a breath and take a walk. I think it’s important to remember that it’s a privilege to be in a position where I can spend any of my time pursuing creativity, and as such it should be cherished.
When life gets in the way I tend to pull away for creative endeavors. I think some photographers would plow through and document it all but I don’t really work well with that. I will try to meditate during these stressful or busy periods to get a more distanced view of my feelings and what is going on so I can use it later when I’m creating.