Tuesday Tip :: Find a Creative Idea


                                     Source: undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com via Kathy on Pinterest


Every so often, you see these ideas from a friend or a website or a magazine that just blows your mind and makes you go “Why didn’t I think of that?”

The image above is from Underground New York Public Library. This guy takes images of people reading in the NY Subway and posts them, along with the name of the books and links to their corresponding library information. What an amazing idea. In addition, the images are well done and show a reality in the world.

It makes me think about personal projects that people can do. Ways to use your camera and photographic eye to do something for you. Something that may not profit but that you can actually maybe turn around and make money from.

What if the photographer did a show at a gallery? Invited people that he shot and had them invite their friends?

There are things out there that have not been touched on. Think outside of the box and do something you want to just for the heck of it. You’ll get joy from it and may even make some cash as well.

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2 Comments on Tuesday Tip :: Find a Creative Idea

  1. Alex
    May 25, 2012 at 12:08 am (6 years ago)

    Kathy! Wow, I loved this blog post. It was short, but really had an impact on me. Here’s why.

    So yesterday I watched this incredible video …. it’s 40 minutes long and he’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him talk all about his life lessons at 41. You can see it here. http://youtu.be/3MDmlKV3jzI

    Anyways, somewhere in the video he mentions the feeling that we all get when someone does something, and as you described you feel, “Why didn’t I think of that?” …. Or you have a great idea and someone beats you to it? … he said something that was really eye-opening for me. He said that in life everything has been done before to a certain degree, but it has NEVER been done by YOU before. He says that we all have a specific voice to get the message/meaning across in different ways, even if it is the EXACT same message/meaning, no one will get it across in the same way that you do because you are unique. As he said, some people need to hear a message from a man in a suit. Others need the same message from a pink-haired man. 🙂 haha.

    The reason I bring that up is because I would have felt just like you that this is such an awesome idea, but now it’s too late – I can’t do it, when in fact you CAN do it, you know? You can do the exact same thing and it wouldn’t be the same because YOU are doing it 🙂

    Furthermore, I loved this post because I am so happy you introduced me to that photographer’s site. I have subscribed to it and really LOVE the concept and idea behind it, it’s just so cool :). Reminds me of a different take to the Sartorialist’s blog (thesartorialist.com).

    ALSO, the last two paragraphs were so inspiring and really motivated me to think outside of the box with my personal projects. So THANK YOU! And isn’t it funny how the things we do out of pure fun and enjoyment often end up leading to something we get paid for? I love the way life works 🙂

    Anyways thank you so much for such a brilliant post!

    Big hugs

    • Kathy
      May 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you, Alex, so much! That video was so amazing….it truly made me think about things.

      One of the things I really think strongly about is something that is brought up when photographers get concerned with other photographers getting started in their area. That two photographers on the same shoot, taking the same photograph of the same models with the same camera and lens and settings will be completely different images.

      When it comes down to it, I don’t know why I didn’t think that it wouldn’t be the same thing for a photography idea!

      So, thank you again. Thank you for the sweet comment and the different way you let me think! <3


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