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?