Today’s Inspiration Rx is a little different, as I think inspiration should not be stagnate it should evolve and grow, I wanted to try to delve a little deeper, are you with me? We usually pair an artist with 3 words that describe their work, Elizabeth Messina who I admire immensely has a very distinct body of work, some of the words I would use to describe it would be luminous, sensual, romantic. This post originally came up when she mentioned her sister’s love of words we were going to try to pair some of her sister’s fave words with Elizabeth’s images, but we were having a difficult time matching images with them because Elizabeth’s visual vocabulary is so very distinct and really does not stray.
This got me thinking about my own work and applying this word concept to help hone one’s style. The idea is simple, not unlike our Inspiration Rx-take 3 words that describe your work now and 3 words of how you would love your work to be described. The idea here is that if you are like me all over the place with your imagery (I think I have a very distinct graphic aesthetic and writing style, but photos are chaos!) The latter, writing the 3 words of how you would like your work described will be your road map to getting to that place you want to go with your photography (art, lettering, writing, etc.) Go through your work and choose your very favorite image, what is it you like about it and how can you translate that to more images in that vein? Also, pull out your worse photo and really analyze what it is that didn’t work for you. These very simple things may be the catalyst to finding your own visual vocabulary, being able to hone in on what you like and what you don’t. I know inspiration can be difficult, I know it’s easy to think if you had this model/location, or that camera or lens you could achieve your vision, but maybe just maybe after you write your words down you can find that you can translate that into the everyday and build a body of work that you are proud of and want to share with the world, which in turn may get the recognition you seek whether it be for personal growth or financial.I should add a note here and say if you pick 3 words and then feel you can’t seem to translate them, don’t fret, try 3 other words, I think when you hit upon the right words that resonate, it will all fall into place.
We would love to know if this helped in any way or if you have anything that has worked for you in the past (or is working for you now) that you would like to share. It’s always interesting to get a peek into the creative process and I think this exercise is a great way to start to develop your own style and unique voice.
P.S. If you are interested in exploring more of Elizabeth’s sister’s musings, here are some of my fave words from her blog Fig & Birch andalchemy, patience, potential. Maybe one of these words and definitions will resonate with you when you are choosing your own words!
Author / Miss Tristan B
Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.