Now you know what my work space looks like. It's a messy office, probably similar to yours. How could I possibly be creative in that environment?
Well, first I thrive in chaos. Second, I leave the chaos behind.
I love an adventure. When my kids were young, it was easy to go on adventures. A ride to the zoo, or to go apple picking at the farm. Once they got older, their friends (or quite honestly the tv) became more fun than my adventures. I got bored. Boredom is a creative killer. I had to do something. So, I started going on my own adventures, camera in hand.
Within 45 miles and no more than hour away; It's for me!
I have a list on my phone of interesting botanical gardens, public gardens and nature walks. I pay to go on photo walks and I have recently found an Instagram meet-up group called South Jersey Adventures. Meet-ups are great, because although I like going on adventures, I occasionally feel very conspicuous when I am alone. There IS power in numbers.
For instance I recently went back to a place I have brought my camera before, the Morven Museum in Princeton, NJ. I have no interest in the museum, however they have an 18th century English garden, that appears to be open without actually paying admission. I went there about a year ago and took some great shots of the flowers in the garden. This time around, they were setting up a huge tent for an outdoor party and there were a lot of gardening fellows digging around, so I turned around and left. I headed to the President's Garden at Princeton University, a spot I found on a photo walk I took through the Digital Photo Academy about 2 years ago. Still felt a little conspicuous, but there weren't too many people around staring.
Once I am home again, I upload my images to Adobe Lightroom and then the fun begins. I choose which photos I like and start processing them in Lightroom. Then I move them in to Adobe Photoshop where I further work with them using a variety of filters and textures and layers. I play and add layers upon layers until I get the desired masterpiece I am after (well, hardly a masterpiece, but come on it is fun to say).
Then time to share it with the world!
Some places I like to shoot are: Chanticleer Gardens, Jenkins Arboretum, Leaming's Run Garden, Longwood Gardens, Grounds For Sculpture, and Hortulus Farm. I'm up for suggestions.