When you lose your Muse by Katherine Nielsen

When you lose your Muse

Sometimes the creative process can be challenging. I posted a question on Instagram the other night asking if people often lost their creative motivation. The responses were really interesting. I soon realised I wasn’t alone in this feeling. In fact it turns out it is all part of the creative process. So many of you were currently struggling for various different reasons to find your purpose or had felt uncertain about your creative work.

Like anything, photography involves a cycle of ups and downs. You can have a constant flow of inspirational ideas with beautiful images. and then suddenly everything you shoot is ether out of focus, poorly composed or nothing like you imaged. It is a feeling that can consume you with self doubt. Everything you thought you knew about your potential is called into question. It can be a dark, lonely and frustrating place. But remember you are not alone in this. Most creative people have struggled with a level of insecurity in their lives. We tend to be our own harshest critics.

When you lose your Muse

When I personally begin to feel this way, I tend to book a ticket to travel somewhere, anywhere. However I have also come to realise I use it as an escape. A way to avoid things I don’t want to face. I had spent thousands of dollars on equipment and nothing is coming together as expected. This is where I think it is really good to shoot with other photographers or book a workshop to learn some new techniques or skills.

Ultimately like most things in my life I am extremely self-deprecating. I have never been someone who is ever proud or satisfied with my achievements. I think we can often create a dialogue that requires an unattainable level of perfection. It is important to have people in our life who support our passions.

At times I think we can all be hard on ourselves, so surrounding yourself with people who encourage you, offer constructive feedback and support you creatively is essential in helping you through times when the motivation isn’t there. So many of you mentioned this is an on-going process, which sets you up for further creative growth. The Muse will be back just be patient and learn to sit with the lack of inspiration, because something will develop when you are ready to pick up that camera again.