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Dancing with the Rhythms of Creativity: An Intimate Journey with Lensbaby


  • 4 min read

Sony a7riii | Velvet 56 +Omni | 2.8 | 1/160 | 500


In the world of artistic creation, understanding and moving in rhythm with our creative cycle can deepen our engagement with our craft. As an artist, I have discovered that this cycle, similar to the rhythm of nature, involves phases of planting ideas (conceptualization), nurturing growth (creation), celebrating fruition (sharing our work), and enjoying rest (reflection and rejuvenation).

Conceptualization, the sowing stage of our creative cycle, is when an idea is born. It is the very seed of our creative endeavor. This phase is full of possibilities and potential, and like sowing a seed in fertile ground, we plant our ideas in the fertile soil of our minds. In the realm of self-portraiture, conceptualization often involves exploring different facets of identity and asking: "Who am I today? What do I want to express?" It is a phase of inner dialogue and curiosity, setting the foundation for the artwork to come.

Sony a7riii | Velvet 56 +Omni | f/2 | 1/100 | 500


Creation is the growing phase of the creative cycle, where we nurture our conceptualized idea into a tangible form. For me, this often involves stepping in front of my camera and bringing my imagined scene to life. During this phase, Lensbaby's Velvet 56 and Omni shapes become integral to my process. The Velvet 56, particularly at apertures f/2 and f/2.8, and the Omni Blue Swiss Cheese add a magical quality to my images, lending a soft and dreamlike atmosphere that resonates with my vision. These tools not only enhance my visual story but also make my self-portraits an immersive experience. The process of creating requires patience and adaptability, embracing the trials and errors as opportunities for learning and growth.

Sony a7riii | Velvet 56 +Omni | f/2 | 1/100 | 500

Next comes the stage of fruition, where we get to share our work with the world. This phase is an opportunity to invite others into our creative journey, sharing not just the final piece but the process and emotions that went into its creation. In the world of social media, this can be a vulnerable but rewarding stage, opening the door to feedback, learning, and connection with others.

Finally, the rest phase allows us to step back from our work and reflect. This is a time of recharging our creative energy and taking stock of what we've learned. It is just as vital as the active stages of the creative cycle, offering space for introspection and rejuvenation as we prepare to sow new seeds of creativity.

Understanding and embracing these stages of the creative cycle enables us to dance with the rhythms of our creativity. It reminds us that each stage has its unique value and role in our artistic journey. So, as you embark on your creative pursuits, remember to honor each phase of your cycle and allow yourself to flow with its rhythm. In doing so, you'll not only grow as an artist but also deepen your connection with your creative self and the world around you.

Creating with Lensbaby lenses and tools is not just about capturing an image; it's about creating a unique expression of self. It's about transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. As you continue your journey in the fascinating world of creativity, I encourage you to explore the creative potential of Lensbaby lenses and discover the unique stories they can help you tell.

Our creativity is a reflection of who we are at our core - a manifestation of our innermost feelings, dreams, and desires. So, embrace your creative rhythm, celebrate your growth, and let your imagination soar!

 

Happy creating!

 


 

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Sharon Covert

Sharon Covert resides in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Brought up with a musical background, she taught piano lessons for over 20 years before studying and practicing photography as an art. Sharon has a strong focus on conceptual self-portraits and believes art has the power to heal. She is both enamored and inspired by fairytales, myths, folklore, nature, and all things magical. Sharon's self-portraiture combines anonymity, symbolism, surrealism, otherworldly elements, and pictorial qualities. She seeks to highlight the beauty in darkness. Like a page from a dark fairy tale in another world and time, Sharon aims to bring the viewer into her magical world. Sharon anonymously uses herself as the subject throughout her conceptual art to express her deepest darkest thoughts and secrets while transporting the viewer to the depths of her imagination. Sharon's work has been published and featured in numerous magazines and juried art exhibitions worldwide. She is proud to be a Lensbaby Ambassador

 
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