Unleashing my creativity… an ongoing learning process!

Photo: Typical houses of Barrio Sur (where most of the candombe action takes place) on a winter sunday afternoon.  By: Martin Herrera.

Today was one of those beautiful winter days in Uruguay.  Cold, but not terribly so, with an amazing soft wonderful light to photograph.  Given these ideal conditions I decided to leave my camera home and just take my iPhone.  I’ve been feeling somewhat stuck lately in regards to my image making capabilities, so I felt the iPhone with the Hipstamatic app would be the perfect choice to unleash my creativity and relax my recent ‘photography uptightness’.  It proved to be a wise choice.

If you have never tried it, Hipstamatic is a multiple choice lens and film simulation combination.  Once you make up your mind, if you ever do, you are left with very limited photographic choices beyond composition.  And even composing is quite a challenge, since what you see through the simulated viewfinder it’s never quite what the fils gets.  All the more fun!  The images are a sort of ‘random uncontrollable snapshot’ which proved to be quite liberating for my state of mind.

The more I grow into being a photographer, the more I learn of how little I know about the creative process.  But not to worry… I’m getting there!  Today I learned something new.  And most of all I learned the value of listening to my inner voice!

I wonder, what do you do to unleash your creativity?  What do you do when you are stuck in a creative slump?  I welcome all views and any tips!  Enjoy the images!  Thanks for dropping by!

Photo: Another view of Barrio Sur (where most of the candombe action takes place) on a winter sunday afternoon.  By: Martin Herrera.


Photo: A fellow visitor to the candombe Llamadas of the Bicentenario.  By: Martin Herrera.