From Theory to Creativity to Practice

It’s been a looooooooooooooong time since I posted a new tutorial on YPS.  2010 has been a changing year for me both personally and professionally.  I needed to refocus my photography career. Believe it or not, I was getting bored. I was loosing my passion. Yup, you read correctly. And why was that, I asked myself. I still love taking photos. I do it every day with my iPhone and I don’t get tired of it. Those of you following me on Twitter, Facebook or Flickr see them.  I still like shooting for my clients. So what was the missing piece? That spark that got me going? That was my million dollar question…

And the answer came a few days later like a slap in the face. My photography career lacked creativity! I stopped pushing myself. I stopped dreaming that my images could stimulate my imagination and my emotions. That my photos could affect people’s lives. I fell into technique and laziness. Even here on Yanik’s Photo School, which was my biggest creative project in the last 2 years, I felt like I had nothing more to say to you, my fellow readers. I needed to feel my passion again to be able to share it with you.

Don’t get me wrong. I love photography and what it brings me. But I was in a professional rut. So what did I do? I put down my iPhone, I shut my computer, I blew the dust off archaic devices called a pen and paper and I started writing down my passions in life. Yes my passions. Not what gear I wanted to buy, or new skills I wanted to learn. I wrote down stuff that made me vibrate inside; that put a smile on my face. Stuff like maple syrup! 😉 Just taking the time to do this exercise was a pivotal point in my professional and personal life. Not that I had forgotten some of my passions, but I did put some deep in a cave somewhere and I discovered new ones. It was a fun and enlightening process.

Once that was done, in a new column, I wrote down new skills that I wanted to acquire or perfect. This just came in and confirmed that photography was still well and alive in me. And I also confirmed that video was going to take a bigger part of my professional life.

So now that I had those 2 columns, I simply connected the lines from one to the other to see how I could combine my passions with the skills that I wanted to enhance or learn. Very cool exercise to do! This is where my creative juices started running wild in overdrive! What creative projects could I do by combining my passions and skills? A 3 rd column started to build itself. A brainstorm of ideas and projects some way out of this world and some more simple. But what was important was the process. This process was the spark to light the flame!

The next step was to put all of these projects into perspective and prioritize them. Read each one out loud and see how they made me vibrate inside. It was all a question of feeling. That’s how I put them in priority. The ones that brought the most positive vibes went to the top of the list. After that, I decided to only choose one project and give it most of my energy. And that’s what I’m doing now. I’m focusing on this new project that’s pumping me full of energy and joy. And hopefully, within the next year I’ll be able to share this new endeavor with you.

So what about Yanik’s Photo School? It’s still alive. 🙂 I just won’t be posting as often. I’ve relieved myself of the stress to post “X” number of posts per month. When I have something to share and I’ll feel pleasure in sharing it without feeling it being an obligation, I’ll be posting. That’s a promise! You guys have been a big part of the YPS flame. Your support has been and continues to be very important to me. I still love teaching you guys new stuff. At the same time I need to follow my dreams, my passions. To go where life is taking me.  I know you guys understand this.

I hope you’ve learned something from this post. It’s not because your passion fails in something that you necessarily need to change that thing. Find out why the passion left, why the passion was there in the first place, and find ways to rekindle it.

7 responses on "From Theory to Creativity to Practice"

  1. Was writing my knol and trying to describe my own peronal thoughts about photoraphy and how I relate it to Art and how it is used, when I put links in it came up with your Knol, so I ended up here and read your above post! nice to read something so open and honest, I understand how you feel. I think it is important to keep things fresh and creative but to do so you have to take stock of your life sometimes because creativity is part of that Journey and the journey fuels the creativity……

  2. I have enjoyed reading your blog for a while now. I like that you don’t post meaningless garbage everyday. I set a new goal for myself… reading photography blogs less, and taking more pictures. As a result, I visit some of my favorite photography sites (like this one) much less. I like not having to read a bazillion useless posts to get to the good ones. Here, you post a little less, and every post seems more meaningful.


  3. I have only just found your site and have benen totaly engrossed.
    Thank you for being such and enlightened person and motvating ‘teacher’.
    There is soo much stuff here for me to go through that I am sure I will still get to see your updates from time to time.
    As photography has been a long time love that I now want to make a career – your lates post will also assist me in making this a positive experience.
    Thanks again for sharing your expertise. You are amazing!

  4. Great to see you’re doing well after a long hiatus. The excercise you described is inspired – I am going to sit down and do this myself even though I am currently not stuck in a rut. It would be interesting to see how it changes when I am!

    Best of luck on your new endeavors…and feel free to post some tuts on video – I am sure we would all benefit from your editing magic there as well!

  5. Yanik – Welcome back. I, too, am in a spot with my professional career where I want to refocus and redirect my creativity. There is nothing worse than waking up and dreading the work day. Good luck to you!

  6. Glad to have you back!

  7. I checked your site everyday, at first. Then once a week, now barley ever. I miss your words. It doesn’t have to always be a ‘teaching’ post. This one was fantastic.
    Hope you post more, without the stress of “HAVING” too.

    Take Care,

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