We all get hit with a creative roadblock every once in a while. Admittedly, I have them more than I probably should. Regardless, these roadblocks are normal. Currently, I’m dealing with one in regards to my own work. It’s not so much that I don’t have ideas, but more so that I don’t have the means to execute them (or at least that’s how it feels). I would consider that a creative roadblock in that my finances/resources are preventing me from unleashing my ideas. At the very least, I haven’t been able to think of a solution to help move my ideas along.
I don’t have all the answers, but one of the main things that I’ve been doing is testing concepts with what I have available. Challenging myself to produce a certain level of work that I’m satisfied with knowing that I had little available to me. For me, it’s so easy to get caught up in what I don’t have but I’m quickly unlearning that behavior because it will only hold me back. Instead of, “I can’t do this because I don’t have x, y, and z”. It’s “Let me see how I can make this happen with what I currently have”. Where we place our energy is so important. I believe that the more time we dwell on the negative, that’s what we continue to receive. However, focusing on the positive will allow you to have more positive experiences. If anything, having this mindset allows you to come up with a creative solution to any problem. I would say that since obtaining my BFA, that was my biggest takeaway from my college experience. No matter what is presented in front of you, there is always a solution, and it’s up to you to have the confidence, creativity, and diligence to figure it out.
With that said, here are a series of products shots I did for my Nike Air Max Tavas that I did right in my room. Most of my work has been centered around urban geometry, but my passion is to work and connect with people. Also, I’ve been interested in style shoots so this photo set was more of my introduction into that as it relates to product shots. I don’t have the plan all figured out, but I have plenty of ideas that I want to not only sit with but work at and manifest. I’m excited to share my progress and see where this all takes me.