As far as I can remember, I’ve always been curious. Curious about how things work which often led me to take things apart simply to see if I could put them back together. Curious about why things are a certain way which led me to become an avid reader. As soon as the internet became a thing, I would spend hours online and actively blocking the phone line to the horror of my parents. Curiosity led me to study science and to be interested in various other fields. Curiosity eventually led me to photography.
Curiosity is inherently the desire to know and to learn various things, ultimately being a student of life. It is also the pursuit of new knowledge and experiences. It is probably this side of me that has led me to photography. The other aspect of photography that still keeps me interested in photography is creativity. The ability to transform what has been learned into tangible ideas and something interesting.
One of the primary drivers for many artist is curiosity, an innate human emotion for thirst of knowledge which pushes us to explore and learn new things. Creativity is also an integral part to a creative mindset. It propels us forward to explore, to seek, to find out, to experiment and to ask questions.
Photography is one of those fields where anything is possible if you are creative and curious enough. I am at the point where I am very familiar with the technical side of things and I am experimenting more. With a short attention span like, it was important to experiment and step outside of my comfort zone. This means putting all I’ve learned when it comes to composition to try new things. It is great to learn all the rules but it soon became boring to always work within those constraints. This comes in really handy when looking for patterns and playing around with abstracts
Sustaining high levels of curiosity is the starting point to keep our creativity juices flowing. Curiosity, creativity and drive are in many ways the yin and the yang that need to be combined in order to learn from the world and everyone around us.