Killing Creativity Before it is Birthed

Alien Intervention © Benjamin Kanarek

This question was asked on a forum I frequent and I felt compelled to reply with the following response. But first the question…

“I’m looking for ideas or concepts such as ‘Trash the Dress’, or ‘his shirt your way’. What other great ideas are there that You know about? This could keep people busy!..”

I will keep this brief. Asking others to give you ideas will only diminish the credibility of your expression and invalidate your own idea. You are giving up on yourself before you have actually begun the process of being creative by doing so. Throw out every preconceived notion you have ever had and let yourself flow. Write anything down that comes to mind, don’t be afraid of yourself and your idea’s. We are often our worst enemies. Most people stymie themselves by criticizing their idea’s before they can be fully realized.

Write EVERYTHING down that comes to mind, even if it has nothing to do with a photo shoot, a painting, a design or anything that requires creative solutions. It does not matter. Keep doing so to eventually unlock your true potential. Eventually ideas will begin flowing unencumbered. Just DON’T pre-judge yourself… PERIOD.

About Benjamin Kanarek

Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…

  • ari vox

    I could not agree more Benjamin. I have seen so much amazing potential for creativity be thwarted by negative thoughts about oneself. If there is an enemy of creativity it is insecurity. The best medicine for this is, I agree, practicing being non-critical by allowing yourself to write down whatever ideas come to you, and trying your best to do so without judgment. Non-judgmental free-writing can be the ticket to a more freely flowing thought process. It takes a lot of practice but the rewards are endless!

  • David Stone

    The thing everybody is overlooking here is that creativity today is very narrowly defined. Everybody is copying everyone else or reinventing the wheel. It’s definitely time to step up creativity.

  • My opinion about a creativity is as follows: who has been born to crawl will never fly.. but you can always try to grow your wings to set yourself free.. Be free and fly! The dreams can become true.. 🙂 Don’t be afraid to dream.. This sets you free.

    Your blog has been a great find for me. I like the way you share the things.. I have always been admiring the people being able to make the things clear in few phrases. All the respect!

  • Eric

    Possibly partly due to the fact that creativity cannot be forced, easily directed or rationally planned, it exists for some as a source of inhibition, fear and threat, while for others it is one of the primary forces of human liberation.

    I truly think we’re at the cultural beginning of our understanding of creativity and its vital role in life. Academic research on this is only 50 years old. Schools worldwide have virtually done nothing with what’s known about creativity–how to identify it, build curricula around it, cultivate its practice, increase and enhance its expression, or champion it as a fundamental value.

    But creativity, of course, has dangerous political implications. The life of creativity is a life comfortable with questions of all types, of relentless curiosity, of seeing connections. It takes delight in the continual churn of re-seeing all of life in new ways. It rebels against the advocates and forms of regimentation and stasis that are always at work against the forces of a free, open and continually renewing culture.

    What a fascinating, historically-situating, and telling comment to read that someone, well into adulthood, has not yet taken command of his or her capacity for creativity.

    What does this tell us about our world as it exists now?

    And in turn what does this tell us about the world we must yet create?