30 day creativity challenge – what did I learn?


Friends and co-workers engaged on a 30-day creativity challenge.  We were inspired by Matt Cutts 3 minute Ted Talk.  The gist:  30 days are going to go by, so why don’t you try something creative?  My personal challenge was an iPhone photo a day… with a twist.  I was going to revisit some of the apps I had on my phone that I haven’t used in a long, long time.  One co-worker asked…..”do you have that many apps”?.  Unfortunately, yes.  Yes, I do.  And I realized after 30 days, I only scratched the surface.

Below are 10 of my favorite images.  This challenge reminded me that even though I was using an iPhone, that all the things I did to set-up the image counted as much as actually taking the image.  I know this.  I really do.  But for some reason, when it comes to iPhone photos – I forget that all the same rules applied…. just as much.  I invested as much time conceiving and setting up my iPhone images, as I do with my “big camera” images.

I also became aware of my creative arc.  The first few days were easy – as all my pent up creativity flowed with a bright shiny new challenge.  The next 15 days or so, were a complete slog.  I had no new ideas, I struggled each day, and if I didn’t feel accountable to others I probably would have just dropped the whole stupid thing.  Then the last 10 days or so, I felt my creativity really unleash.  I started to experiment, go out of my way to execute some nutty ideas, spend more time exploring the capabilities of a particular app, and ultimately I was happier with my last few images than the ones in the middle.

I like looking a back on the creative record of my last 30 days.  Do I really have it in me to go a full 90?


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