A Creative Retrospective | Part II

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A Creative Retrospective Part II, Seasons of Change :

Sometimes we have to look back to look forward. Winter naturally seems to be a time of quieter introspection. This year for me it was about exploring creativity and also reflecting on the past, in order to move forward. I looked over the last 10 years in terms of life lessons, travels, personal achievements and creative projects. I was able to gain a better idea of the journey, to celebrate my wins, be thankful for even what the difficult times had taught me, and the good things that came out of unplanned circumstances.

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Seeing my creative and photography work over those 10 years – was like a retrospective. From the freely creative and big dream times when I was still in art school, to taking a more commercial or “sensible” approach in the working world. There were times when I took on other office and management jobs and only did photography as a hobby. Then beginnings in wedding and portrait photography, and then the seemingly chance connections and encounters with like-minded people who brought me into fashion and lifestyle work I do now.

I had been feeling like I had unfinished business with these past projects. I photographed a lot of wedding and events – and because I have invested time and energy in cultivating those skills I felt I must keep taking on those sorts of projects – even though I now feel more strongly drawn to other things. But creating a retrospective for myself helped me to close off those ideas and projects, and no longer feel like I must keep producing the same kind of work. It cleared my creativity for new ideas, by being thankful and grateful for all I had already done and what it taught me, and allowed me to move forward.

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Now in the last quarter of the year as Spring blooms, a feeling of change is in the air. A lighter and fresher feeling and new buds of inspiration. My focus is shifting to taking a fresh perspective and trying new things in my photography career, while living with a more balanced approach and gentler, enjoyable pace of life.

What is Spring bringing you?

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