Getting “ultra creative”

This is an in-camera double exposure of a colleague with fabulous hair and some flowers in a park in Boston.

This is an in-camera double exposure of a colleague with fabulous hair and some flowers in a park in Boston.

Back in September, I got an email invitation to join an “Ultra Creative” class at Firefly 53 Studio in Pembroke. I had been wanting to take a class to really open myself up and continue learning – and there’s really no better way than a collaborative-style class like this one turned out to be.

I’d the kind of photographer that typically likes crisp, clean, pretty, detailed kinds of photos. Usually taking photos of people, I like my subjects eyes to sparkle, their smile to be genuine, and their pose to be both natural and kind of like they could be in a magazine. In short – I’m a perfectionist. This class however, was not about perfectionism – and in that way it was perfect. I played with techniques that were brand new to me (in camera doubles) and took self-portraits (which I never do). The first time you try anything is never going to be perfect, but the experience of doing it and learning from it makes it worthwhile. Not only did I have my first try at something, each week I got to see my classmates’ first stab and I think we really all learned a lot from one another.

Each week, the question was: What did you do differently? At a time in my life when a lot of things were changing – reaching out into new photographic techniques and exploring a little imperfection ended up being the ideal creative outlet for a time when your future is in flux.

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