How To Develop The Right Mindset For Creative Photography

An iceberg floats on the tranquil waters off Cuverville Island in Antarctica.

Photography is a creative endeavor, but the photos you produce can also be a metaphor and a measure of how your life is going.

Just remember that your mindset determines your reality.

No Matter Where You Are Your Mindset Creates Your Reality

Whenever you slip into a negative thought be sure to catch yourself and, thereby, stop the negativity of that same thought adversely affecting your opinion of others and of the world around you.

Not only will this practice help you develop a more positive outlook on life, you'll create a reality for yourself that's happier and filled with purpose and meaning.

Surely, developing the right mindset is not just essential to making more creative photos, it's at the heart of a happier, healthier and more meaning rich existence. 

Why is Mindset Important for Creative Souls?

We are a product, initially, of our background: place of birth, age, gender, religion/spirituality, politics, ethnicity and cultural practices. We are also a product of our parents and the education system we spent a good deal of our lives surviving.

A humorous image of a King Penguin on Cuverville Island, Antarctica.

Your Creative Life | The Future Is Now

All of that is, pretty much, written in stone. From that point of view we are unable to change our past. Yet we can determine our future, but only if we change our present. And, from a Buddhist perspective, the now is really all there is.

By changing our perception of who we are, and the circumstances surrounding us, we are in the perfect position to create our actual reality, both now and into the future.

A heavy snowstorm sweeps over Whalers Bay and Port Foster on Deception Island in Antarctica.

Our Past Is Valuable, But It Is Behind Us

That’s not to say the past isn’t important. Its value lies in the fact that we can use it as a way to learn from our mistakes and then identify and nurture the more positive aspects of our nature.

I'm not about denying the past, but about remodeling ourselves so that we can live the life we were born to live. And by that I mean a life of meaning and contribution.

Potential and talent, when unrealized, are like giant albatrosses slung around your neck. Together with self limiting beliefs they are what holds you back from realizing your true potential.

Lack of confidence, procrastination and fear are the enemy of all creatives. They are also our bedfellows. My suggestion, don’t sleep so long. Get up and move on.

 
Penguin Feet, Cuverville Island, Antarctica

About to Travel?

 

Do You Really Love To Travel?

Do you love to travel, whether in your own country or abroad? If so, how would you describe your approach to travel?  

  • travel = activity and adventure

or 

  • travel = passive tourism or sightseer

By choosing one of the above options you have, most likely, described your current life, whether you're at home or on holiday. But are you happy with your answer?

If you're at or near retirement age a more passive way to see the world might be appropriate. The same could be said for those with young families or those with poor health and/or very low levels of fitness.

Perhaps the demands of life are so taxing that what's right for you is a few weeks pampering by a pool or beach in a gorgeous resort. It might be that the most adventure you seek is an excursion into town for a local curry. 

The good news is that there are loads of wonderful holiday experiences designed to meet your specific needs and stage of life.

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But those folk who desire and are physically able to manage a more active adventure have several options.

  1. An adventure based around physical activity such as trekking, cycling or mountain climbing.

  2. An immersive cultural experience involving the guided creation of local cuisine, craft or contributing to a local charity through teaching or building projects.

  3. Seeking connection and self discovery through an artistic endeavor like photography.

Photographing the peaceful and calm waters off Cuverville Island in Antarctica was one of the great joys of my life, thus far.

Why Is It That You Travel?

Is travel primarily about spoiling yourself with all manner of fine food and accommodation? Perhaps it's about an active pursuit like scuba diving.

For me travel is about the things I see, the people I meet and what I learn about myself along the way?

Is travel, primarily, a passive pursuit?

Do you expect to be entertained or do you travel with the intention of seeking out experience by exploring and interacting with the unknown?

These are important questions when it comes to deciding which country to visit and the kinds of accommodation, events and activities you want to either witness or immerse yourself in.

 
Penguins and British Flag, Point Lockroy, Antarctica

Learn to Use Your Camera

 

Life, Travel, Photography | For Me They Are One

Here are some important questions that, as a creative person, you really should be asking yourself.

  • Do you make sufficient time in your life for creative pursuits like photography?

  • Are you making enough photos and do those photos convey your own authentic vision of the world?

  • Are you interested in enhancing your photos on the desktop? Do you have the skills to do so in an efficient and organized manner?

  • Are you doing enough to share your photos with the world and, by doing so, sharing your life's journey in a way that provides encouragement to others as they embrace the joy of photography to explore their own life’s path?

Light illuminates ice off the coast of Cuverville Island in Antarctica.

I’m a teacher, who’s always learning.
I’m a traveller, forever journeying. 
— Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru

It’s a truly great time to be a photographer. I find inspiration and motivation in the fact that, as a creative soul, my photos do more than simply document the world around me.

I don't take photos. I make photos that explore the connection between that which is seen and that which is experienced in the beauty of the moment.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru