Last weekend my husband and I took a much-needed break to see the latest Star Trek movie at our local IMAX in 3D. As a long-time Star Trek fan, I felt the film delivered on many levels from its special effects to the evolutionary story of the personal relationships of the crew. And, the experience got me thinking about how even if you’re not a Trekkie, there’s some kernels of inspiration from Star Trek to fuel your creativity into the next dimension, no matter your areas of interest.
1) “It is only logical…” (Spock)
Thinking things through and connecting data points into a desired outcome makes things smooth. Sometimes too smooth. The trick is knowing when to trust your gut and over-ride the predictable and the familiar for something new. On a recent location shoot, for example, my assistant pointed out an amazing area that made a great backdrop, right nearby. We decided we had time for a few shots which ended up being the winners. It’s important to be smart and organized, but you need to experience the moment and trust your instincts.
2) “To boldly go…”
Curiosity fires my passion. New interests, places, people and techniques keeps me wanting to explore my photography (and life) in new and different ways. Also, when I spend a lot of time photographing one thing, I tend to push my personal photography into other areas, getting as far as I can out of my comfort zone. For example, sports action shots transport me completely away from still lifes or portraits. Tracking moving things (yikes!) beyond my control really stretches my visual skills, eye/hand coordination and keeps me sharp.
3) “I’m a doctor, not a torpedo technician” (Leonard “Bones” McCoy).
This quote illustrates how people define themselves frequently by the hats they wear. Often we tend to see the differences between tasks rather than similar skills that can be leveraged from various occupations. For instance, the hands of the doctor make for the sensitivity required to disarm a missile. Any tasks learned in life, even the humble ones, seem to find an application at some other point in time. I recently found myself steaming clothing for a shoot, thankful that Mom had taught me to sew and press appropriately.
I hope these three simple thoughts offer you a new directive for priming your creativity (yes, that’s a pun). The photograph at the top of this post I made with the help of a photo application called Picfx (there’s an actual “space” collection of filters including a nebula). I found the filters the perfect tool to add dimension to some simple black fabric and my model of the Enterprise, a gift of a fellow Trekkie I used to work with at a medical manufacturing company. (Thanks again, Bob!)