There is something so mesmerizing about William's photographs. I can't put my finger on it, but they are the kind of photos that really touch me. They capture a moment with a sense of purity. I'm also really drawn to William's experiment with his process, as I've always been curious if I would be happier if I was to be more organized with my schedule. Maybe, but I think I'd rather use William's inspiration, stay fluid, engaged, and relaxed because that's where the sense of purity comes from.
William's Creative Process :
A few years ago, I tried living to a strict routine for 6 months, after coming across a blogger who had come up with a simple system to keep track of his day to day behavior. Like him, I called it STANDARDS, and recorded how I performed on a list of minutiae every week.
Anyway, I kind of enjoyed it for a few weeks, and my productivity increased marginally. But after 3 months, I was miserable.
I wasn't taking photos. My 1 hour 'creative work' block that I had assigned to each day had been reduced to sitting on the couch watching tv or surfing the web. My flatmates started asking what was wrong, and when I told one about the system she was shocked. "That sounds like the opposite of you. No wonder you've been moping. Let's go to the pub." The next day I scrapped it. A few weeks later I sat up in bed in at 2am and scribbled some notes for what would become Melbourne Street, an ongoing project I've been working on ever since.
True creativity is something that comes from somewhere deeper than the thinking mind. It is where insight, deep connections and true authenticity comes from. My thinking mind is plagued with the usual problems creative people face - self doubt, fear of failure, creative block, and worrying about my to-do list. The key is escaping this thinking state by somehow switching it off and finding the flow.
I now try and create conditions in my life where I can enter this creative state of consciousness more often. I keep my lifestyle fluid by avoiding routine wherever possible and giving myself permission to switch off and recharge.
Travel is a great way to recharge and find inspiration, and I'm lucky to travel for around 2 months each year. Music festivals are also brilliant way to escape the thinking mind and live in the present, even though I'm one of the old guys these days. But by far the most direct way for me to live in the present is by taking a walk on the streets with my camera.
I highly suggest you take a few minutes and enjoy more of William's photographs on his website. You can see more of his work through the Melbourne Street Photography Project either on the website or on Facebook. Lastly, you can catch William on twitter or google+.
William thinks that Lilli Waters has an beautiful approach to photography. "I'm curious to know when she dreams up the ideas for her planned shots and to what extent the final product matches what she had in her head."