Entries in creativity (6)


A new project

 We are starting off the new year with an interesting online photo project, Creative Exposures. It's an accessible daily photo challenge that I hope is also thought provoking and creatively stimulating. I hope you all join, professional photographers and people with no photo experience are welcome. The end goal is to help jump start your personal creative process and help you look at your days a little differently.

Creative Exposures is a photographic community brought together with the purpose of providing a creative kick in the pants. We ask you to carry your camera with you at some point everyday (phone cameras are encouraged due to their readiness), stop for a moment and take pictures of the things you notice everyday or the things you've never noticed before. Take the time to look at the surroundings you often find yourself in, what do you notice, what sparks your interest? Next you upload your photo to the Lightbox SF Flickr webpage to share with the community. But there's a catch, we want you to upload the unedited images. Yep, that's right no color correction, no cropping, no touch ups. Just your unedited photos with a description in a sentence or less. Why unedited? We want this project to remain as raw and easy as possible, ignoring needs for perfection. Just let go. Creativity flows more freely with spontaneity, without perfection, and when we appreciate the ideas in their simplest form.

For those who want and appreciate a little guidance, we will provide a randomly generated word every Monday here on our blog and on our project Facebook page to help inspire a possible theme or to provoke a new way of seeing. Twice a week, Lightbox SF will post their favorite photos on our blog. This is not only a great way to awaken your creative being but also a great platform for you to get your work noticed.

This project is a small step toward living a conscious life and will help you tap into your creative energy with only a little effort. Sometimes we forget what makes us feel good and how easy it is to make that happen. This simple and approachable photo project will allow you to bring that spark into your daily life. Whether you are a full-time artist or a weekend hobbyist this project will help you to become more awake to your surroundings, more appreciative of the beauty and interesting things in your day and will allow you to delve into a more exciting energy inside of you.


New friends

In reference to Genevieve's post, I am happy to say that we have been meeting so many interesting and inspiring people. Something I shied away from as well, spending an hour or two with someone new and sharing my dreams and concerns is honestly becoming the favorite part of my job. Genevieve and I made a promise to do it and face our fears. We are doing it and the relationships we have developed with others have been transforming.


Yesterday, we had a great coffee date with an amazing woman, Anna Fiyzta. She is a transpersonal therapist and artist who focuses on helping others reconnect with oneself through creative exploration. She is also the lovely lady behind the original wishing tree that was in the mission (a baby wishing tree is now at 24th and Harrison) that supported 500 wishes in the three weeks it was up. What another great life for a tree! Please read more about this project here and help the wishing tree legacy live on.


I left with a great feeling that we connected with someone who will be a long time friend of ours here at Lightbox SF. I personally cannot wait to take one of her workshops. Anna currently hosts two, Awakening Your Creative Spirit,  A Workshop To Re-Connect With Your Innate Creative  Potential , a four-hour small group workshop that consists of group creative projects and guided meditations and a 6-person, 6-week Creative Vision and Manifestation Group through her psychotherapy practice. We met another inspiring person who is following her life's intention and helping others find their's. Thanks for contacting us Anna!

image by Christine Reilly


Discovery and weekly inspiration

I just discovered this beautiful piece from life coach Tara Sophia Mohr. Isn't her message amazing?

In any creative feat
(by which I mean your work, your
art, your life)
there will be downtime.

Or so it seems.

Just as the earth is busy before the harvest  and a baby grows before its birth,

there is no silence in you.
There is no time of nothingness.

What if,
during the quiet times, when the idea flow is hushed and hard to find
you trusted (and yes I mean trusted)
that the well was filling, the waters moving?

What if you trusted
that for the rest of eternity,without prodding, without self-discipline,
without getting over being yourself,
you would be gifted every ounce of productivity you need?What would leave you? What would open?

And what if during the quiet times you ate great meals
and leaned back to smile at the stars,
and saw them there, as they always are,
nourishing you?

There are seasons and harvest is only a fraction of one of them.
We forget this.

There is the rhythm that made everything.

The next time you stand in the kitchen, leaning,
the next time a moment of silence catches you there,
hear it, that rhythm, and let it place a stone in your spine.

Let it bring you some place beautiful.

Relaxing into the quiet is an amazing practice. It's not easy for many of us especially during a time of endless access to information via the internet and to friends via social media. Sometimes it is difficult to shut everything down and just listen to what comes through the silence. Taking time away from my computer and talk radio for one day a week is a new practice I am attempting. I am hoping to fill the extra time with long walks in new neighborhoods, silly French Pop coming through my headphones and notebook in hand.  Just clearing the way for new, inspiring creative thoughts.

artwork by The Photo Zoo


Burning Man - A Virgin's Thoughts

I went to Burning Man this year for the first time and while I didn't have any secretly hoped for epiphanies, it was an inspiring experience. I met some amazing people, was awed by the open expression I saw all around me, and generally was taken in by all the sights. Pretty much anything when done in the desolate setting of Black Rock City takes on a more profound meaning. The shear effort involved takes everything to another level.

What really stuck with me though was a permeating feeling of need for escape that filled the air. Most everyone was there looking for an experience they couldn't have anywhere else. They needed to have that experience, the desire was palpable. The memory it creates will be held to tightly until it is replaced by something wholly new, but with a similar catharsis.

This part I understand and puts the whole event into a different perspective. I too want to be a part of something, to create something that gives me or others an experience. I want to be able to imagine something and then have it come to life. We so rarely encounter such an empty canvas in our lives, no wonder 50,000 people trek for hours or days to spend a week in the dust.



Lately, I have been thinking a lot about branding and identity and have been working on putting together a reflective and informative workbook to help myself and other like artists.  The journey is so fascinating and you can learn so much from taking a few moments daily to really think about your work and how it could affect others. Above are a few questions that I have put together. What do you think?

A few other things to think about:

"The act of creating something everyday will force you to develop a voice and style that is uniquely your own" - Tara Gentile and Meg Aumen

“A brand has to make people buy into the idea”  - Amber Karnes, Handmade Marketplace

Really it comes down to that fact that customers are buying more than just a painting or a pair of earrings, they are buying into a unique lifestyle. A certain energy and certains emotions are conveyed through the creation of art and that is what people are seeking.

Workbook will be available within the next month. Sign up for our mailing list for updates.