“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung
As photographers finding sources of inspiration is essential to supporting the creation of of photographic art. But where does this inspiration come from? Often we look outside of ourselves for inspiration, but I have found the best sources of inspiration come more from within. To me finding inspiration has more to do with getting in touch and dialoguing with the right side of the brain, the wellspring of creativity, emotions and imagination. When we find another photographer or a new location that inspires us, this is likely what is happening; that person or place is helping awaken in us what is important to us at a more emotional, perhaps even subconscious level.
With the tremendous growth of social media over the past five or ten years, sometimes it is easy to mistake sources of inspiration. One starts posting certain kinds of images mainly because we crave the attention of bountiful likes and favs. But are these images truly aligned with our more internal sources of inspiration? Creating true photographic art requires that we create images that are fueled by who we are as a person, including our own internal sources of inspiration. Such images will also inspire others due to their ability to impact others at an emotional level.
The above image is titled Secrets of the Forest. Here is what I wrote immediately after coming home to process this image: