Words “find and follow your passion” have already become a cliché . but very rarely people speak about what you do next, when you’ve found it, the thing that drives you and makes you wake up in the middle of the night. when you realize that you don’t fit in with the people around you (friends, family, co-workers). have you ever had to deal with this?
model and muah @riimmua
One of my followers wrote me once that it looks like all of my posts about motivation and inspiration to keep creating are meant for myself. and it’s true. i did struggle with the very same issues and sometimes do it even now. issues like: “my work is not good enough”, or “i know too little”, “i s**k at photoshop”, etc. but, what i know for sure is that negative self-talk will never get me to better results. it will only lead to stagnation or not doing anything altogether. and that’s not what i want.
One interesting thing i learned from a @jimkwik’s talk recently is that most people have difficulties with remembering names because they are sure that they have the worst memory for this🙈. it’s a belief, not reality. and any belief can be changed. but only if you want to, of course. and if your recognise the need to change it.
what belief about yourself you’d like to change? 🤔 i definitely need to change “i s**k at tech”, “i’m a slow reader”, “i’m too busy for it (whatever it may be)” and the names one too. 😆
Guys, i’m coming to madrid, spain in the end of october! so exited! if you’re from there and want to meet up, send me a 👋🏻 in the comments or a dm. i always love to meet new people from my tribe!
I want to post on inspiration vs imitation today, since there were many questions about that recently. 😬
i do say a lot that i get inspired by other forms of art, especially visual ones. that includes design, cinematography, illustration, classical fine art, etc.
by inspiration here i mean 2 things:
⭐️ creative force: i see something beautiful and it motivates me to create something beautiful myself.
⭐️ reference: i see some particular idea (story) that can be used in my next image.
most of you are concerned about the second one. let me share this quote from @austinkleon’s “steal like an artist”: “what a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. all creative work builds on what came before. nothing is completely original.”
with this said: imitation, as i see it is simple copying of someone’s work (detail by detail, word for word) and calling it your own. when you take someone’s idea, rethink it and interpret it in your own way, that’s you being inspired by a work of art. ✌️
btw, don’t be afraid to share what or who was you inspiration for some particular work. in many cases, especially if you don’t have a huge portfolio people will respect you only because of your great taste for inspiration sources. 😉
Guys, i decided to come up with hashtags for my posts to make it easier for you to navigate the info i share here. 🤓📚 so
#dashapears_myprocess - everything on how i organise my shoots, work with models, find collars, etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#dashapears_howto - practical posts on how to in photography, styling, organisation, etc.
#dashapears_mycreativestory - posts about how i got into photography and where i started.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#dashapears_onart - my speculations on art in general: what, how, why and why not?)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#dashapears_workshops - info on how my workshops are organised and what to expect from them.
#dashapears_inspiration - how i search for and find my inspiration
#dashapears_getproductive - i’m a freelancer, so productivity is crucial for me, the i find useful tips, i like to share them and see if they work for you too.
#dashapears_justdoit🥊 - achieving your goals in my opinion is impossible without the right mindset. i sometimes share thoughts that helped me get where i am now and that keep me moving forward.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#dashapears_photobusiness - my experience with making money from artworks ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#dashapears_aboutme - random personal facts about yours truly ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#dashapears_commissioned - examples of works i do for clients.
i’d be adding more in the future, but it’s a lot already. let me know, if this is useful!
Many of you wrote me that you’d like to learn about the composition rules that i use. so i decided to post on them every monday ✌️(otherwise it might get too overwhelming🙈.) often beginner photographers struggle with composition (at least i did😬). i once bought a very heavy book📕on composition. on the first page i read: “you can’t study composition, you can either have the feeling of it or not.” 🧚🏻♀️ this may be arguable, but it i find it true to some extend.
composing a shot maybe very hard in street photography, as you have to do it immediately on the spot. but my realm is staged photography. and it allows me to experiment more freely and imply various meanings in my works, when i use various compo techniques. if of course, it’s not freezing cold and my models have turned to icicles☃️💀😂.
when i shoot today, i don’t think of which rule i’ll be using. i had so much practice that it’s in my dna, but also it was always coming from within. i guess i always lacked harmony and order in the world around me, so i started inventing my own.
what about you? do you think your composition carefully before taking a shot, or just let it flow while shooting? i’m very curious! let me know! 😃
btw, can you guess which composition rules is used here? 🤔
models: @pomina08, @dinabiervert, @vasiliska2103, @aleksasha1001, @rubtsova_lera_model, @annademchenko2008
muah: @varvarad, @samoylovamaria
#dashapears_commissioned #dashapears_composition #dashapears_myprocess
Here’s a question: should you compare your work to the works of others? 🤔 my answer is: yes and no.
✅yes: when you want to see what parts of your work should be improved to bring it to the new level of quality. when you want to learn from others!
⛔️nonono: to punish yourself for not being perfect or liked, or able to do something. the negative comparison will only lead you to not enjoying the process and you will stop creating altogether.
yes, your work is not perfect, and it may not be adored by thousands of people, but everyone needs to learn and make mistakes. the right way to compare your work would be to compare it with your own several weeks, months, years ago. do you see the progress? then you’re on the right path. just think where you can get in another week, month, year!
Guys, what we discussed yesterday: getting ideas in the most inconvenient moments is actually called the alfa state of mind. just heard about it from talks by @tombilyeu and @jimkwik. basically it’s a relaxed state of mind or “daydreaming” ✨when the brain wave activity slows down🐌. it’s the most creative state of mind and it’s also perfect for learning, as we have better memory, we are more focused and make better decisions. and yes, like many of you said yesterday, it’s often comes when we’re driving around, taking a shower or a bath, or falling asleep.
the super cool news for me was that you can deliberately get your mind into this state and people like edison, einstein were doing this daily. now the main challenge is to get meditation (which is the most common way if achieving the alfa state) into my schedule. 😬😬😬
how many of you are meditating? 🧘🏼♀️ i’m very much interested!
Last week i was watching some really cool short videos made by @anna_radchenko and guess what? when i was falling asleep yesterday, at this very moment i got an idea for my next shoot which was partially inspired by those videos! a very inconvenient moment, i should admit 🙈, because, i had to get up and make a note and a little sketch, so that i don’t forget it when i wake up. so to all of you, who asks me about the process and idea creation: it’s not always immediate. you see or hear something and it’s recorded in your brain. the thought keeps running unconsciously until at some point - it becomes a formulated idea for a project! 💥
how is it with you? do you also get ideas right before falling asleep? or any other uncomfortable moments🛁? or am i the only one? 🤔😂
It looks like a few ks of people came here overnight🙈😱, so i feel a need to introduce myself to the new crowd and share some things that the long-time followers didn’t know about me.
🎈 i’m a full-time photographer from russia🇷🇺, currently based in helsinki, finland🇫🇮. 🎈 i shoot fine art/conceptual images and commercial ones (for advertising and magazines). you’ll see both in my feed, but most of the photos here are my personal creative projects.
🎈 photography is my main passion and the way to express myself.
🎈 my first photo attempts date back to 10 years ago, i began to create styled conceptual images only 3 years after. so i’m in this type of photos for 7 years.
🎈 my works won a few competitions, including best of russia and paris photography prise in 2018.
🎈 you can find some of my photos on covers of books published in italy, germany, the netherlands, norway, the us, brazil and other countries.
🎈 here i write about my creative process, the way i organise shoots and come up with ideas, what inspires me and keeps me going forward, my practical photography and editing tricks, collaborations, and also my struggles sometimes🙈.
🎈 i’ve recently started to do photochallenges for my followers to try out my creative process themselves (you can find the previous ones by #dashapears_challenge and #dashapears_conceptchallange).
🎈 i never knew who i wanted to be when i grow up and never saw photography as a real profession. i never studied photography and learned everything that you see here by just learning from the work of other photographers, attending occasional photo workshops and my personal trial and error. now i’m here to share everything that i learned with you, guys!
#dashapears_mycreativestory #dashapears_aboutme ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
now it’s your turn! who are you, where are you from, what do you do and what inspires you? i’m excited to find out! 😃👇🏻