52 Weeks of Yorkshire – Week 9

It was going to happen eventually. Sadly there’s no image for this week, because I’ve had far too much work over this week and at times I’ve struggled to be motivated to pick up the camera. Instead of showing you an image, I’m going to talk a bit today about what to do when you don’t feel like creating.

The first thing to remember is that it’s perfectly natural. As I’ve said so many times before, being creative is hard, and that’s part of the beauty of it. I’m not trying to say that artists should suffer in order to create art, but creativity is not simple, and it takes time and energy. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t value it.

The second thing is that it comes and goes. This is more true for some than others, but I don’t think I’ve ever met an artist who claimed to be constantly inspired and motivated. This goes for all things in life, not just art. I’m currently studying a degree in computer science, and my motivation for that, too, is something that comes and goes.

The third thing is to take care of yourself. You may temporarily not feel like an artist, but you are still a human being. You can’t create if you’re tired, so get enough sleep. You can’t create if you’re hungry, so eat a good diet. This goes for mental health as well as physical. If you’re anything like me, art (in my case photography) is your greatest passion, and it’s something that you feel gives you a purpose. When that is gone, however briefly, it can feel like it’s never coming back. When you feel like that, bear this post in mind. It will come back to you. You will take a beautiful image again. You will write again. You will create again.

Finally, surround yourself with people you love, and who love you, and will support you during these times. I have friends who know nothing about photography, but are always asking what I’m working on. That’s important. Feeling like somebody is watching you, not judging, but just quietly supporting from the sidelines, makes times like these far easier to get through.

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