Jesse Rieser: Overcome Creative Block
Photographer Jesse Rieser writes about dealing with an episode of creative block in the recently released book Breakthrough! Overcome Creative Block & Spark Your Imagination. Breakthrough! is a collection of essays by creative professionals in diverse fields who tell their own stories of frustration and inspiration. Rieser’s worst case of creative block began in 2008:
“My portfolio had become full of other people’s concepts. I felt I had become a glorified technician, executing ideas that I didn’t own. They didn’t express anything personal or reflect my most deeply held sensibilities. And worse than that, I had become accustomed to big productions, relying on many people and moving parts. I thought everything had to be complicated and “the best ever.”
This was frustrating and stifling, and I became afraid of failure. I also became afraid to trust myself, my instincts, my own ideas.
So I stripped everything away and started over: no crews, stylists, or hired talent- just me and a camera. I stopped going into the studio every day because inspiration does not strike in studios. I had to go out, be with people, try new things, be observant and a good listener. And eventually, I was inspired: people are amazing and have an infinite number of stories waiting to be told.”
Check out the essay in its entirety here.