Being Creative in Peace.
I am often described as a loner. It doesn’t bother me and I somewhat agree with the statement and take no offence from it. I am a man that enjoys his own company. It is easy for me to spend days alone with my work.
I often think about why I am like this. The main reason is the fact that I was an only child to a single mother, with most of my cousins much older than me. I had to adapt. Adapting means being good at keeping busy and finding interesting ways to pass the time.
These situations in my young life also gave me an addictive personality. I would become obsessed with one activity for months, then…nothing. This happened in many hobbies of mine. Later in life, photography became my obsession. But with photography, the obsession didn’t stop. It carried on. I am into my tenth year of this obsession and it is safe to say that is not going anywhere.
We live in a world where it is hard to get a moments peace or to be ‘off-grid’. We are all interconnected by a series of apps or devices, meaning we are never alone. Not really. In my mind. This can lead to a stifling of creativity and progression.
Society becomes an echo chamber where our ideas, views and morals get reflected back at us. They serve only to reinforce the same ideas. This is where embracing the idea of some alone time can lead us to be able to adapt better to this modern world. This, in turn, will help our creativity blossom.
Take a step back
Switching off to outside influences will help improve the personality and creativity of our work. Spending time unplugged and disconnected can improve our focus. It gives us a clear head and the ability to generate or own ideas. Many great works of art get conceived in alone. You can lose yourself in the flow without the consistency of distraction
“After the tremendous effort you put in here, solitude, even prolonged solitude, can only be of very great benefit. Your work may well be more arduous than it was in the studio, but it will also be more personal.” — Louise Bourgeois.
In the future, make time for yourself whenever possible. Focus on your art and what matters to you. Remove distractions and turn off notifications. Choosing to be alone in a disciplined manner gives you the time and space necessary to focus on your most important work.
Leverage silence to think and create.
Now, I mainly practice my photography solo. I use the time it takes to complete a city walk and take photographs as a time for reflection. As well as an assessment of the day or any upcoming life events. Things that I need to arrange properly in my head. Maybe you don’t believe that I can feel alone in a sea of people. But when I am in the zone of creativity taking my shots in the city, it feels like I am watching a movie.
In peaceful bliss.