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Unlock Your Creativity With Photography and Writing || Turn These 5 Tools Into Habits

teacher avatar Lucy Lambriex, Creative Confidence & Camera Courage

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Your Project


    • 3.

      How to Edit Your Project


    • 4.

      Tunnel Vision


    • 5.

      Be a Tourist


    • 6.

      Points of View


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    • 8.

      Bend Over


    • 9.

      Recap, Bonus Tip, Bloopers edit


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About This Class

Are you sometimes stuck in your mind and does your creativity seem to have left the building? Whatever your creative medium is, this short class is here for you.

I see creativity as a main source of liveliness, a way to discover the world around us and a way to explore ourselves. 

In this class, I’ll introduce five tools for reviving free and expressive creativity. You will be using photography for the exercises/tools. And when you put the tools into practice enough, you will develop effective habits. These will help you with any form of creative expression and you will never be stuck again.

The class is set up as a personal exploration. You will take photos and you will write in your journal. For a quick boost you can do one assignment daily, or spread it out over a longer period. You determine how fast, or slow, you want to go. If you want to learn new creative habits, I suggest you repeat the exercises, until you find you are doing them spontaneously.

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Unlock Your Creativity With Photography and Writing

Key Aspects of This Class

Key aspects of this class are playfulness, joy, creative boost, energy, freedom, surrender, compassion, and personal insights.

All You Need are These Materials:

  • Camera or smartphone
  • Journal
  • Pen

What You’ll Gain From This Class

You may expect a bunch of benefits to your creative practice and personal life! After taking this class, 

  • you will have discovered some tools that help you get creative (again), even when you feel empty;
  • you can turn the tools into habits, by simply practicing;
  • (you will feel more comfortable with your camera or smartphone;)
  • you will have found new appreciation for your surroundings;
  • you will begin to trust your instincts better; 
  • you will have discovered more about yourself; 
  • and you might even begin to like yourself better.

What I Expect From You

All I ask of you, is that you commit to yourself to doing all five exercises, including the writing prompts. I know from experience that working through these barriers will bring you further. Both on your creative path and on a more personal level. 

I also ask you to be kind to yourself and to trust the process.

So are you ready for an interesting ride and do you want to discover the joy of surrender to this creative inner journey? Grab your camera or smartphone, hop on and come out a wiser, more creative and probably even a bit happier person. 

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Lucy Lambriex

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Hello! As an all-round creative maker I know how you can get stuck in the middle of a project. Or at the start. If you ever find yourself stuck creatively, I can help you get back on track. My classes focus not only on the end result of your creations but also delve into the inner processes, personal awareness, and growth. Using photography, journaling, Procreate, paint, thread and other materials, you'll rediscover your creativity and gain valuable insights about yourself along the way.

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1. Introduction: [MUSIC] Hi, what if you could break your creative block by using my method of taking photos in a certain way. I'm Lucy Lambriex from Amsterdam. I've been a photographer all my life, but I first discovered the full power of creative photography during a year of self portraiture, about 13 years ago. I also work as a professional portrait photographer for camera shy people, and I have a large creative portfolio on Getty Images. I made this class to help you get back on your creative track no matter what your creative meaning is. It's all about getting into the right state of mind to be truly, and freely creative. I've made this class because I strongly believe in the power of creative photography, and reflective writing, it will be both a mental and physical journey. The class is for you if you have an open-mind, and a willingness to practice, even if your main creative tool is not a camera, you can use it to break free from creative block. Why learn from me? I see myself as a creative guide for our inner exploration, and I've done my fair share of inner exploration myself through Vipassana Meditation, and creative photography, and I'm still on this path. I've quite a lot of experience with creative photography as a tool for self-discovery, I use it myself, and I use it to teach others in life workshops, online training programs, and many of my students have already experienced this in my previous classes here on Skillshare. This class introduces five simple, and playful tools to help you get into a creative flow again. Each lesson, I'll introduce a tool, and tell you what you are going to gain from doing the exercise with it. I'll give you a photo assignment that can be done almost anywhere, you will reflect and write about your experience in your journal, and you'll add some results to your project. After taking this class, you will know how to get creative again, even when you feel empty, you will have discovered more about yourself and you will also feel more free and comfortable taking pictures. Are you ready for a creative inner journey, are you ready to change your mind? Grab your camera or smartphone, your journal, and pen, hop on, and come out a wiser, more creative, and probably happier person. [MUSIC] 2. Your Project: Before we get going, I want to explain a little bit in this video about your project and why it's important to make one. Your project will be the reflection of your inner journey. And outer journey, and it will grow with each lesson. You will share your results and accounts of your experience, with each prompt I will give you. All you need; I say it once more: camera or smartphone, journal and pen. And maybe one or two things that you have lying around the house anyway. And all I ask of you is that you commit. Not to me, but to yourself, to do the assignments. The photo assignments, and also the writing prompts. I know from experience that working through these barriers will bring you further, both on your creative path and on a more personal level in other areas of your life. You can download all the prompts here. Doing the exercises will help you on a few levels. For starters, your creativity will be tickled and you'll soon find there's almost no stopping it. As you're playing with your camera without too much pressure, you'll get to know it better. By reflecting on the process and results, you'll get a better understanding of your work and yourself. It's the beauty of creativity. It comes from deeply within you and it communicates with the outside world and vice versa. I strongly recommend sharing your work as it has several extra benefits. Share your work on your social media channels using the hashtag #lucylambriex, and share it on your project page. I'll quickly explain how to do it at the end of this lesson. So why share? It will help you see better. And that sounds a little bit strange, but once it is online, you can see what you've made more clearly because there will be a slightly bigger distance between you and the work. This way you will be able to reflect upon it even better. Also, you get to see it through other people's eyes. And although it may feel a little bit vulnerable at first, you will soon discover how beneficial it is to allow your work to be seen. Even if it's just a blurred shot as a result of my weird exercises; you can blame it on me anytime. This class is not about taking beautiful photos anyway. Share it. Be seen. It will inspire other students to follow suit and gain the courage to do the same. In the end, you will learn even more from working side-by-side, than from the class. In the next video, I'll show you how to create and edit your project. 3. How to Edit Your Project: Here is a short tutorial on how to make and organize a class project. For those of you who are doing this for the first time, first click the green button below the class under Project and Resources, it will allow you to create a project that is associated with this class. Add a title and a project cover image. Change this with each lesson so other students and I can see you've made a change. That way we can all leave a comment and support you. Then add your photos for the first assignment and write a short account of your experience. When you add a picture, make sure to put the cursor where you want the image to appear. You can format your text using keyboard shortcuts like Control or Command B, I or U, or by clicking the pop-up menu that appears when you select a word. As you will be adding new photos for each assignment, make sure to keep things a little organized or it can become frustrating. I suggest adding the newest pictures and stories above the others and adding a heading. As a routine, change the cover image whenever you add new photos and also add that same photo in the project itself so it won't get lost when you change the cover image. Add tags if you like so more students can find your project and the class. Happy project creation and make sure to comment on other students projects as well. 4. Tunnel Vision: [MUSIC] The first tool is called tunnel vision for a good reason. You will look through it and take photos. While surrendering to the assignment, you'll probably calm your senses, discover some things about yourself, and your creativity will start flowing again. When we feel blocked creatively, it usually means one of two things. We think we have no ideas, or we have too many and can't seem to act upon any of those. Our mind can't decide and our inner critic tells us it's all crap anyway. I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about the situation, in fact, I'm going to make a whole new class about the inner critic later. Instead, we're simply going to do something, as it will work for either form of creative block. Trust the process and let's go for it. What you need. A piece of paper, your choice of camera, your journal, and a pen. What you'll learn, to play with focus and blur, to make choices, and you learn to deal with and surrender to what is. The effect of all this will be more mental space for creativity. [NOISE] The assignment is as follows. Put your smartphone on airplane mode and work without any disturbance from social media or phone calls. Go somewhere where there is enough light with many things to see, but nothing fancy is necessary. You can choose to go to the garden, or it could be your own living room, or simply your bookshelf. Bring your piece of paper, A4 or letter will be fine, it can be blank or it may have a print, and it can be a magazine even. Stay still for a moment. Look around you and soak up what you see, but don't take a picture just yet. Land your gaze on everything that catches your eye. Now, wipe your lens clean, roll up that piece of paper into a tube or cone, and put it over your lens so that you can take a photo through it, point it anywhere and take a photo, repeat a few times in different directions. You may check if you get the focus right and you may do it over again. But you can also decide that a blurred photo is fine as it is. The more you allow the freer you'll become, once you have taken at least 10 photos, you are done for the moment. Open each photo on your computer, side-by-side if you can. Look at each photo, write in your journal what you see, if it makes you feel anything, and what you're missing, if so. What do the photos tell you? Do they remind you of the first moment when you looked at the whole scene? Or is there a whole different story? What happens to you when you see some or all of the photos are out-of-focus? Can you handle it? Can you appreciate the softness and abstractness? Don't just look at what you see at the end of the tube, but take some time to look at the tube itself, the texture, the colors, and tones, or anything else you notice. Is there anything that surprises you? Write it all down. [NOISE] Your project. I look forward to seeing what you saw at the end of and inside of the tunnel. Now, share some of your photos and a screenshot of your journal if you feel comfortable sharing that too. If not, simply share a few words about the experience, choose your most interesting photo as your project cover image. This may be a pretty one or one that is a mess. [NOISE] Tool takeaway. If you're overwhelmed with possibilities and ideas, or if you think you are at a loss for ideas, just roll up that magazine or a piece of paper, or even your hand and look through it. Shapes will appear or objects will look different when isolated, the focused view through the tube will calm your senses and will help you see other qualities of what is around you. Add the tube or cone to your tool belt. Next up is the tool, be a tourist, that will help you see familiar things in a fresh manner. 5. Be a Tourist: [MUSIC] This tour is just you being an actual tourist. In your town, in the park, your home, or that of someone else, you'll be visiting a familiar spot. You will make a little visual story and you'll write a review. What you'll learn to slow down and to sharpen your senses. The first moment we arrive at a new place, our senses are wide open. Everything seems interesting and different, fresh, and loud. Whereas after a while, this heightened sensitivity for our surroundings changes and we don't notice things as much anymore. A while ago I bicycled to a client and I had more time than I needed. I went slower than usual. I looked around. I was on the road I'd used many times before. But I suddenly noticed a little area with beautiful sculptures on the side of the road. I slowed down and got off my bike to take a few photos, and I went back to film this so I could show you. I looked at each sculpture and instantly felt more alive, more awake, and relaxed. While filming, I even enjoyed this sculpture for a bit, despite it being rather annoying too. You will be doing the same. But first switch off your smartphone's Internet connection. Go somewhere familiar, nothing special. It may be your own street or your park, as my friend, Fedewa will demonstrate, but treat it as if you were there for the first time. Slow down, walk, stand still. Look around you, sniff up the sense, take some time to see the colors and shapes. Discover something new. Look at some details. Take at least five photos that could help you tell a little visual story of your visit. Don't make it too difficult. It doesn't have to be the best story ever. It has to be your story, of your little trip. Ask yourself what stands out for me? Take a photo. What would I like to see up-close? Take a photo. Look down at your feet and look at what they're standing on. Is there something or someone funny or cute? Also, take one or two selfies with something you'll find interesting are pretty, be a real tourist. Please note, these questions are just examples to get you going. You can do this exactly in your own way. Will you stay indoors, visit, and explore the room in the same manner. Go slowly and be curious. [MUSIC] Journal entry. Describe in a few words what you noticed when you slow down and started looking at simple things. Did you like it? Did it annoy you in any way? Was there a shift in how you experience the space, the objects? Was there anything else? Your project, share your visual story, your selfie, and some words about how this assignment made you feel. How would you describe this place to another tourist? Write a review of your visit, like an entry for Tripadvisor or Airbnb. Would you visit again? Why or why not? Tool take-away, looking at familiar places and things with more attention and taking photos as if you were a tourist will give you a new perspective. Be a tourist now and then, sharpen your senses and rediscover the magic and simple things. In the next lesson, you'll explore the tool points of view. It will make you see things through other people's eyes. 6. Points of View: [MUSIC] The tool for this lesson is called points of view and it will ask for some extra sets of eyes. You will create an abstract image and you'll ask five friends to tell you what they see in it. [MUSIC] What you'll learn, you'll get a closer look at how you see the world, thanks to how other see it. You will get a taste of the many points of view there are, and you will remember this next time you want to make something and doubt yourself. You know how we can make things more difficult by wondering what other people might think. Depending on what we've experienced in our lives, what type of personality we have, what we've been taught, we look at any situation in a certain way, and it may mean something completely different than to someone else. I find this very exciting because it reminds me of how I create my own world in my mind. The more aware I become of the filter I look through, be it pink glasses or a dark cloud, the more I learn about myself and about others. You may have heard of the famous or infamous test called the Rorschach test, named after its creator Swiss psychologists Hermann Rorschach. You would ask his subjects to describe what they saw in abstract ink blots. He thought he would be able to conclude something about their psychological state or even disorder. An experience I had reminds me a little of these ink blots and the wide variety of people's points of view on one and the same subject, I recently cut my krentenbol a bun stuffed with raisins and asked my followers on Facebook and Instagram what they saw. It was fun and interesting how they responded. On Instagram, there was a lot of kissing going on. But on Facebook, breasts, butterfly, a crab were present as well and some down to Earth views of the bone and raisins themselves. Everyone is different, and now it's your turn. But first put your phone on airplane mode. [MUSIC] Take an abstract photo. It can be dried flower, a bunch of sticks and extreme close-up or something, a strange angle to a familiar object. Anything goes as long as it is not one particular recognizable object. [NOISE] Turn it around, look at it from all angles. Experiment with blur. Zoom in as much as is necessary for it to become a truly abstract image. Then make a mirror shot of it. Copy and paste the image and flip it around so it is mirrored. You can try different combinations to find the most interesting one. [MUSIC] Very easy to use and free program is Canva. [MUSIC] Journal entry. Then write in your journal what you see in this photo. Post your photo on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or send it to friends in another manner and have at least five other people describe what they see in your photo. On the one hand, an exercise like this will broaden our mind. It will show us the way we look at the world is not the only way. On the other hand, it will help us trust our own gut feeling and not rely on other people's opinions so much. What we see is just as valuable. You have written down what you see in this photo. Also write down the other people's responses. Write down some of your thoughts and feelings during this assignment. Like, was it difficult for you or easy to make a really abstract image? Did people surprise you with what they saw? Did anyone see the same as you? Did you discover something about the way you look at things? [MUSIC] Your project. Pick a title and share your photo accompanied with some of the things the other people saw. Change the project cover image to this one and perhaps invite some people here to tell you what they see in it. This might get really interesting. If you feel comfortable, please share just a little bit from your journal as well. [MUSIC] Tool take-away. The next time you hold yourself back creating something, because you fear other people's opinions , remember this tool. Ask five people for their opinion, on just anything, and you will feel free again. Next up is a tool, slo-mo, and if you thought you went slowly as a tourist, try this one. It will sharpen your senses and will kindly shake you and wake you. 7. SloMo: Before looking through other people's eyes, you visited a familiar spot as a tourist. After already getting acquainted with the effects of slowing down, it's time for something super difficult and annoying, but it will also be fun. The tool Slomo will make you slow down like you've probably never done before and you will gain something quite incredible. Sounds good? Let's sharpen your senses and revive your creativity. What you'll learn, you'll experience how your speed influences your creative processes. If you know the famous Serbian artist, Marina Abramovic, you have learned about her performance art. She always explores the extremes of physical and emotional endurance. She's the epitome of inner exploration through art and she inspired me for this lesson. I just added photography to it. When I was still in the Art Academy, she was a guest teacher and she assigned us an afternoon of slow motion walking, doing everything. It was one of the most powerful, difficult, annoying, and mentally most invigorating experiences I had had until then. If you have an hour to spare, give this assignment your time and your utter sluggishness. If you don't have a full hour, set a timer for maybe 10, 15 minutes. Yeah. Turn off your Internet. [MUSIC] Set a timer for the time you can give yourself for this assignment. From the moment the timer runs, start moving as slowly as you possibly can, and start walking without falling over. On your tour, you'll need to do these things at least three times. One, spot something on the floor and take a photo. Then reach out and pick it up, hold it, look at it, and put it down somewhere else. Take another photo of it. Do everything as slowly as you can, and do it at least three times with different objects. Did I mention to do this as slowly as possible? [MUSIC] Journal entry. Write down some words that describe how you felt during this exercise. Describe if and how you felt your awareness changing. How did your senses behave themselves? Did you see or hear more clearly? How about your inner critic? Could they keep up with your pace? Your project. Change the project cover image to one of your most interesting photos. Share some of your words and anything you experienced regarding your senses and awareness changing. I'm super curious about your experience even if it was underwhelming to you. Tool takeaway. Slowing down to the extreme will not only be strange and difficult, it will wake you up and inject you with a renewed sense of creativity and awareness of what is around you. Use it at any moment you feel overwhelmed or just too speedy. It works within minutes or even seconds. After reconnecting with your inner snail, the next lesson, bend over, will bring some more action. It is going to remind you of the places you have muscles and you will experience a fresh outlook on the world around you. 8. Bend Over: This fifth tool, bend over, will not only give you muscle aches, but it will also bring a fresh perspective. Some insights about photography and how your own mind works. What you'll learn to look at stuff in new ways by simply changing your angle. You'll see things differently, and you'll get new ideas, almost guaranteed. Today you're going to bend over, crawl into and under things, lie down, look through materials, climb onto something, and hang upside down. Changing our point of view makes us see things in a new light. The lamp at the ceiling suddenly becomes a work of art. The organ turns into an abstract composition. The simple fallen leaves seem like a wonder of nature, and the online teacher is actually a frog. Now pick a topic that you are very familiar with, like a glass, and take a photo the way you normally see it at eye level view or in this case a little bit from a higher higher. Now take at least five different photos from different angles the way you never look at your object. I'm showing you the lazy version of this assignment, but please go outside and move your whole body if you can. Study at least one object while looking through something like your fingers, or a translucent fabric, or even bubble wrap, and look through it, like so. It's really okay if it doesn't bring you any good photos. It's is not about taking the best photo, it's just about seeing things in a new light, and playing with materials and angles and objects. Don't worry if you have really lousy pictures. I'm making you do this so you can experience how these two will sharpen your senses, free your mind, and open it up for a creative flow. Take your journal and jot down a few things that stood out for you, which angles surprised you most? How did you like peeking through something? Do you know of areas in your personal life that would improve from a different point of view? Your project. Share a few photos including the first eye shot. Share a little bit about what you learned and discovered. Change the project cover image to one of your most interesting photos. Tool takeaway. If you think what you are making is boring or you can only look at it one way, try and literally bend over. Turn upside down, and look again. Holding a camera will show you even faster how nothing is boring if you look at it from an interesting angle. Bend over was the last tool of this class, and I hope you will apply it to more than one aspect of your life. It doesn't only help with creative block, it also helps you see things in a fresh light and it makes problem-solving more easy. It is truly liberating to discover other options when we feel stuck in one opinion or conviction. In the next video, I will briefly recap everything you've learned in this class. I'll be sharing a bonus tip, and of course, some bloopers. 9. Recap, Bonus Tip, Bloopers edit: I'm so happy you made it to this last video. I truly hope you feel your creative juices flowing again by simply using the tools. Your gaze will have become different, both wider and more focused. You started or continued with surrendering to what is there. You will at least have gotten a taste of what it's like to trust the process and allow what wants to happen. You started to realize more and more how your opinion and feeling about something, anything, happens because of how you look at something. You have used your journal as a means to reflect on your work and may have discovered it as your private safe space available at all times. It helps to keep a little bit of distance between ourselves and our thoughts and feelings. We can rest our minds when we don't have to remember it all. Here's a little bonus tip. Remember to play, play in whichever way you can. Have playful thoughts and get that body into motion. Pick up something and throw it into the air and try to capture it. Playing has at least two benefits. It will help you relax and it will help you focus on one thing. This will calm your mind and help you prepare for new ideas. My final tip is to print out the document Toolbelt.pdf and put it in your wallet or pocket. For the coming weeks or months, play and work with the tools and turn them into habits. Just make them part of your practice and use them when your mind is making things difficult for you. I hope you've enjoyed this class and I would be very grateful if you could leave me a short review. This will help other students know what to expect from this class, and it will make me happy too. Please share some of your work on social media with the #LUCYLAMBRIEX, and follow me here on Skillshare and on Instagram. You're always welcome to come back and ask me questions. You can simply start a discussion below this class and if you haven't already, please have a look at my other classes, like my bite-size lighting class, Master the Light and Mood of Your Head Shots, that will make you more creative with light, with simple household materials or Creative Journey, 30 Days of Self Portraits, the fun and slightly daunting class that will help you on your creative path as well. Now, go enjoy your tools. Thank you, and see you in my other classes. Bye. It's like a meditative state where you are awake, open, and relaxed. All one, what is there in the moment? Many of my students have experienced this. [LAUGHTER] I experienced this. Many of my students have experienced this in previous classes on Skillshare already. I also work as [LAUGHTER] a professional portrait photographer for camera-shy people. Please share some of your photos in the project section. Please change the cover project image. Please change the project cover image to the photo that interests you most. Bye. [MUSIC]