Intro by Chamira Young
No matter who you are or how long you've been taking photos, it's an inevitable that your internal well of creativity occasionally runs dry, especially when you get caught up in the daily grind of running a photography business.
It's for this very reason we wanted to bring you a healthy dose of Monday inspiration in the form of poignant motivational speeches. The fantastic folks over at Photodex have compiled four excellent TED Talks that will get your creative gears fueled and turning for the week ahead. These specific pep talks cover everything from facing challenges, finding your genius, tackling leadership, and even mastering creative ideas in photography.
By the way, if you've never listened to a TED Talk before, get ready to take some notes and get seriously inspired!
Stuck in a creative rut? Sometimes all that’s needed is a good pep talk or motivational speech to give you the kick-start you need. See things from a new and positive perspective with these 4 Ted Talks to help energize your brain and spark that creativity.
1. Tim Harford – How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative
“Challenges and problems can derail your creative process…or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.”
2. Elizabeth Gilbert – Your Elusive Creative Genius
“Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.”
3. John Maeda – How Art, Technology and Design Inform Creative Leaders
“John Maeda, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future.”
4. Erik Johansson – Impossible Photography
“Erik Johansson creates realistic photos of impossible scenes — capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible.”
What are some of the ways you stay inspired? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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