Entice Inspiration, Foster Creation

Inspiration & creativity – these are the two words that make my heart tingle.

In my opinion, they are undeniably interlinked by means of inspiration being a vital catalyst for creativity – a way in which an idea can be metamorphosized into existence. One of my favourite books from 2015 is “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. In one of the chapters she writes “ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.”

I often find myself contemplating whether or not drawing inspiration from other artists in our field compromises our level of originality. It seems to be common practice for photographers, designers etc… to turn to social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram to search for inspiration. From my experience, what ends up happening is that the work somehow starts getting reproduced in one form or another (one of the ways that trends develop). My question is, do these types of practices hinder creativity?

If something has already been done before, can it be interpreted in an original way? Do any of you have these thoughts at times?

Luckily, I had the opportunity to pose this question to Liz Gilbert herself back in 2015 at a book reading that she held in Heidelberg, Germany. I referred to a statement that she made in the book: “These days, I’m far more moved by authenticity. If your work is authentic enough, believe me – it will feel original.”

Paraphrasing, her reply was that I listen to the drive inside of me to create something, even if it has been done before. She emphasised that I note the main difference: it hasn’t yet been done by me! And as long as I stay true to myself in creating it, that is what makes it authentic, which in turn makes it feel original.

I LOVE that!

At the same time, I am becoming more mindful about where I draw inspirations from. I am now making a conscious effort to veer away from just looking at other photographers’ beautiful works (also as a means to avoid emulation) and rather find other avenues to keep my mind fresh and fuel my imagination.

This frame of mind has really helped me in pursuing my creative aspirations.
What is your take on this topic?

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Alice L
3 years ago

I loved the book “Big Magic” so much inspiration from it.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Alice L

Totally, I keep going back to it…loads of wisdom:)

Jessica
3 years ago

Beautifully written! Love the simplicity in the images as well

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Thank you so much, Jessica!

3 years ago

I find the best inspiration comes from outside my industry, the more different the better.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Yes, that is what I am really starting to go for!

3 years ago

I love the light in this- it really brings together the whole piece. Thank you for sharing!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

Thank you so much! And thanks for taking the time to read my blog post:)

Johan
3 years ago

Very inspiring and also loved your photos.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Johan

I am so glad – thanks, Johan!

3 years ago

Love the thoughts you had. I will have to ponder on them some.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  FAMIPower

Always happy to provide food for thought;)

Erin
3 years ago

I need to read Big Magic! I hear so many good things about it!

Aida
3 years ago

It is totally worth it, Erin! Especially if you are looking to live a creative life:)

3 years ago

Yes! I loved how she described inspiration being almost an entity that wants acknowledgement. I’m trying to be more conscious of this as well this year.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Aryn Baker

That’s fantastic! Nice to know I am not the only one who feels this way;)

3 years ago

These images look like something out of a movie!
Love this!
Such a great message too!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

Thank you so much, Brittany! I truly appreciate it!

Emily Moore
3 years ago

This was a really great read! I agree, so many times it feels like things just aren’t original anymore. I like that quote about authenticity. It’s definitely something to think about! This “Big Magic” book you are reading sounds like it is really awesome — I’m going to check it out!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Emily Moore

So glad that this post resonated with you! You can order the book from Amazon:)

3 years ago

The light in these images is incredible!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

The sunset was truly gorgeous!

3 years ago

I love that you got to meet Elizabeth Gilbert! I loved that book. As a creative, there is also nothing wrong with trying a technique that you may have seen somewhere else and deciding that it isn’t for you! Or changing it in some way to make it authentic to yourself. Questioning and experimenting with authenticity shows how much value you place on this!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Ashley

Absolutely! And I think that in the beginning, it is such a helpful learning tool to try out what you have already seen. And then I think comes a point where you feel ready to experiment on your own;)

Morgan
3 years ago

I really love this post girl

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Morgan

Thanks a lot, Morgan!

Morgan
3 years ago

Such beautiful photos!!!

Courtney Volksen
3 years ago

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. I am going to have to check this book out! Thanks.

Aida
3 years ago

I totally recommend it! Hope you get some more insights!

3 years ago

The images are very real and pretty. I enjoyed this!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Danielle

Thank you so much, Danielle!

Erin
3 years ago

Lovely images and beautifully written.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Erin

I appreciate it, Erin.

Jessica
3 years ago

“I often find myself contemplating whether or not drawing inspiration from other artists in our field compromises our level of originality.’ I’ve often thought about this myself! Great post!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Thanks, Jessica. Nice to see that you can relate.

Jenna L
3 years ago

Great piece of writing x thanks for sharing and love the images x

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Jenna L

Thanks for taking the time to read it through and comment:)

3 years ago

I am reading her book right now! Love this post!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Jess

Super! Enjoy it!

3 years ago

Oh man, I’ve been meaning to read Big Magic for a while. I think I’ll go buy the audiobook right now because of you!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Corrie

That’s so great! Do it, Corrie:)

Brittany slaughter
3 years ago

This was such a great read, and Big Magic was fantastic as well!

Aida
3 years ago

I appreciate it:)

3 years ago

A great read and love the photos as well. Makes me miss summer!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Colleen

Thanks a lot, Colleen!

3 years ago

Beautiful images, thank you so much for sharing!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Valerie

Thanks for taking the time to read it!

Elizabeth
3 years ago

It’s hard to to think of original ideas these days but I do try to create my mood boards and find inspiration outside of social media platforms to avoid repeating the same look another creative had.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Mood boards are the best! Love them!

Rachael
3 years ago

Gorgeous light! Thanks for sharing!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Rachael

I appreciate it!

3 years ago

Great post! I like “but it hasn’t been done by me”.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Geena

Thank you!

Rox
3 years ago

Interesting thoughts, thank you for posting this.

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Rox

My pleasure! Thanks for visiting my blog:)

3 years ago

I looove Liz Gilbert and really enjoyed reading your post. Very well thought of and her response was just sublime “It hasnt been done by ME!” I have a few times pondered the same as you and her response was something I usually overlook on. Thanks for sharing this!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

I am so glad that you can relate, Nicole:)

Jeena Metzger
3 years ago

Lovely post and beautiful images!

Aida
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeena Metzger

Thank you, Jeena. I appreciate it!