Creative advice: look away from your bubble

This must be the first creative advice I give in this blog. But I have developed a few techniques to help with my creativity and it feels fair I share them here. So let’s begin.

One that’s always been very fruitful, is to constantly look away from my bubble. In some ways, it resembles the advice to go out of your comfort zone πŸ™‚


For example, I go to design conferences that are not directly related to the branches of Design I master.

You know by now that I go to OFFF Barcelona every year (and to their other events worldwide)… This event is primarily focused on motion design and illustration. Web Design or Branding are pretty rare here.
Bu it’s a great way to meet and network with different people, find inspiration, keep my creative sparkle alight. And the connections I can make are invaluable for my career, particularly while freelancing, because then I can easily tap onto my contacts if I need a specific skill for a project.

It also becomes easier to spot new trends earlier if you look at different disciplines and how they react to change.

Social life

I said it’s my creative advice, but I do that in my social life as well.
For example, on social media (i.e. Facebook) I don’t solely connect with my old friends or with like-minded people. I also connect with people with ideas opposite of mine and read everything they have to say (and sometimes we engage in very interesting conversation).

I studied Philosophy and I am very opinionated, but I’m not so arrogant to think my ideas are the best. And I want to know what everybody thinks.

In Design, working with UX you need to listen to all your users in order to provide a better service. In your life, you need to listen to everybody’s voice to better understand the world you live in.
And maybe even go as far as realising you could be wrong πŸ˜‰


And now I’m doing it with my photography as well.
I started hanging out with photographers from different genres in order to train different skills and hopefully become a better photographer.
I’ve been going out for photowalks with a group of very talented people lately, through my friendship with street photographer John Hughes.
And that really helps me see the world through a different lens. It’s not just a metaphor: in fact, I don’t even go out with the same lenses I use to shoot my landscape/cityscape photos.

^ Talking about gear, you can always see what I use, here.

It’s also a very different mindset. My landscapes are a zen-like experience where I spend long time composing and waiting for the best light.
But when I’m out in the street I tend to capture the action as it happens.
I can still work a scene and wait for something to happen, but even in this case, I record events happening in a split second.

I’m in no way thinking that this now makes me a street photographer. But I’m getting better at it because I’m practicing it. And I’m becoming a better photographer because I’m training my mind to analyse and react to different situations.
I understand light better because I shoot with different conditions, I understand my camera better because I use different settings/features, I can identify interesting subjects more easily, etc.

Hopefully this piece of creative advice will do just that: make you better at anything you do πŸ™‚

If you’re curious, here’s a few pictures I shot during these hangouts that I happen to like:

And you can also have a look at my street portraits from the London Pride 2019.

I’m not currently publishing these on my Instagram feed because these would not be consistent with the rest of my content. But I do post them in my stories when I take them.
Connect with me if you want to see more… @fabienb

And if you happen to be around, or if you live in cities I visit, feel free to ping me on Instagram to hang out and shoot together πŸ™‚

Now, if you care to comment here, what would be your one creative advice you’d like to share?

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