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  1. Wonderful post Shelly! I liked the story about your son 🙂 I too have been struggling recently. My issue is keeping my hobby “fun”. I often envision a more complicated setup than I am physically capable of doing (I have chronic pain) and then I get frustrated and sore and lose interest in the idea or my photo ends up being a much simpler version of my original idea. Then I get that look on my face that you described: “I’m not happy with it but it will do”. I keep trying to remind myself that it’s a hobby and I should enjoy the process, even if it’s frustrating and painful some of the time. When I feel really frustrated, I just take minifig “portraits” because they are quick and easy to setup and I usually like the results. That can help pull me out of my creative crisis for awhile 🙂

    1. Thank you Lynn, Im happy this post helped to remind you of the ‘joys’ of the creative process. I will admit it was both scary and gratifying to see the creative process play out in my son. It rally drove home the idea that this is a universal experience, not simply an interesting diagram in a pseudo self help book.

      Its interesting that you bring up the idea of ‘fun’. This hobby of mine – toy photography- long ago ceased to be fun. In fact, I’m not sure if it ever was. But it has been endlessly fascinating, challenging and creatively satisfying. One of my favorite books is The Left Hand of Darkness. I will never forget the ending, after the protagonist returns from his harrowing adventure across an ice field, looking back on this near death experience as one the ‘happiest’ times of his life. I think of the creative process like that. It may not be what is a marketers idea of ‘happy’, but it certainly works for me.

      I commend you for working through the pain, having a back up plan, and continuing on your creative journey, be it lego or writing. You’re a hero!

  2. Now I’ve got a word to put on what I regularly experience. I first realized it last summer when I was frustrated not being able to implement all the photo ideas I had in mind. It was lacking motivation to shoot toys, took very few pictures and produced (almost) no good ones. Since then, I realized I regularly experience short periods where I feel the same way. And even though I don’t remember it well because I didn’t realize it before last summer, I know it’s been there since I decided to be a toy photographer.

    Not latter than last week-end I finally overcame, by taking a few satisfying shots, such mini crisis that easily lasted 2 or 3 weeks. Now that I start to get used to those crisis I don’t worry about them anymore (or at least I try not to) because I know that I will eventually overcome them. Each time it ends up with the feeling of having improved my photography skills.

    I also realize that I never experienced this kind of crisis with other types of photography. Each time I decided to try something different in photography because it looked interesting and creatively challenging, it lost rather quickly that “challengingness”. Toy photography is the exception and is the only creative activity that seems to keep me challenged over and over again.

    1. I think its wonderful that you realize that creativity and also the energy to be creative ebbs and flows. Once you realize that, you realize there is no need to panic, sit tight, you will feel creative before you know it. Its good to know have down times, its a chance to recharge. Obviously you are on the right track with toy photography since you are continually challenged by it AND it remains fun! Keep up the awesome work!

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