Photographers Finding Their Way Back To Creativity

Huge wildflowers in a lush green forest on the island of Bali, Indonesia.

Up until a few years ago I must have been about the only Australian who hadn't visited Bali. I ended up going there on a bit of a whim, and in need of a rest after a fascinating but difficult few months traveling through Asia.

Getting Sick In India

Not for the first time I got very ill in India. I was nearing the end of my trip, but didn’t want to end it in a negative frame of mind. After a few days in Thailand, where I received help from a doctor specializing in tropical stomach diseases, I continued onto Bali for some rest and recuperation.

Verdant green terraced rice fields surround this farmer's shelter on the island of Bali, Indonesia.

Bali | Finding Peace in Nature

I knew I wouldn't be interested in the hustle and bustle of the capital, Denpasar, or the chaos of Kuta. I had heard about Ubud numerous times over the years and decided to check it out. I was not disappointed by this lovely hill town, famous for its art. I stayed at a lovely small hotel, Legane Villas, where I was extremely well looked after by wonderful staff and within a few days was beginning to feel much, much better.

Photographing Wildflowers in Bali, Indonesia

I spent the last couple of days of my stay touring around the island. The photo at the top of this post features some wildflowers set amongst surrounding greenery. It's not my best picture from Bali, but it was the one that got me going again and, within an hour or so, I’d worked my way back to making good photos. You have to start somewhere and there’s nothing wrong with an occasional reset/reboot.

Have You Lost Contact With Your Creative Self?

Whenever you’re struggling with your own photography my advice is to get out and about: move your feet, breathe the air and enjoy the light.

Other things that can help, particularly if the weather’s really bad, are watching beautifully crafted films, particularly if they bring a tear to the eye, and looking at art. Books are great, but visiting a significant gallery and experiencing the beauty of one of the Masters is hard to beat. 

If you’re in a small town without a major art gallery, and you know you won’t be happy staying inside, then I suggest taking a walk around town or, even better, in nature. I don’t think anything beats that and, after all, it could be where you make your best photos.

Stay well, stay happy and stay engaged.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru