The creative process – these enigmatic two words bear so much weight. Every artist has his own opinion on how to channel and manifest inspiration. Some believe that it comes when it wants to. Lenny Kravtiz has always waited for inspiration to write his music. Others discipline themselves, understanding that creativity is like a muscle that needs exercising. Sean Lennon writes everyday convinced that inspiration comes with practice. How do we get inspired? How do we manifest creativity? Why is it that some days we can sit in front of a white canvas for hours and have nothing to show. And on other days, the pen doesn’t seem to stop moving seemingly possessed by some sort of invisible force, the head full of ideas, the creative flow unstoppable. The uncertainty of delivery is probably the most anxious reality an artist has to deal with. Knowing that you have the power to create yet are unable to willingly manifest and channel it at will. I know that for me it has taken years to come to peace with “The Process”, and still every now and then, I need to remind myself of what and when I can and can’t do.
I tend to believe that creativity is not a only something we have inside of us but that it is given to us with the main purpose of expressing and sharing it with the world –a certain responsibility or even a burden for some—in exchange for the capacity to create the wonderful and beautiful. The ancient Greeks and Romans thought that creativity came from “divine attendant spirits – daemons or geniuses, that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable places”. Maybe it is so. No one knows. But what I truly believe is that there are no magic formulas and each of us has to find our own way into the grand maze of channeling creativity.
Nature is my studio and it is where I feed myself. I love being on expeditions, having a set target, a destination to reach, a goal, but it is not what I live and work for. The content that I produce during these adventures is more descriptive; narrating the days, the progression, the ups and downs, the struggles encountered and the magical moments witnessed. It is premeditated. Inspiration is not really the most important aspect, but rather your ability to deliver the story, to capture the local flavors.
What I long for as an artist is much different however. It is when I have the feeling, the sensation that the inspiration has come to me rather than me seeking it. It is that sense of being connected to something else, something bigger. As alone as one can be when creating, knowing that you are only a channel through which your environment expresses itself brings a total different perspective. The loneliness disappears and a deep fulfilling connectedness lives, bringing along a sense of purpose. It is what I felt when I read back on some of my past stories like Time, Dreams, Wait, Stripped & Disruption and I look at my photography done with the Bisons and the Lava. I am proud of course, of the material I created but I am also strongly aware that the results have to do with much more than just my talent. And for that I am extremely grateful.