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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Quick Quotes: Minor White

"Reaching a 'creative' state of mind through positive action is considered preferable to waiting for 'inspiration'."

Minor White


I have been doing a fair amount of reading about the creative process lately and this quote sums up a good deal of important information.  Inspiration, at times, just arrives.  But the vast majority of the time it comes to those who are working, and working hard, at creating. It's the 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration thing. 

It reminds me of the time I asked my teacher, the late Nancy Rotenberg, how to work through those inevitable periods where it seems like you can't find anything that inspires you to make photos.  Her answer was to just get the camera out and start photographing whatever is there in front of you.  Work at it and the inspiration will come.  She was quite wise!