Posts Tagged ‘Food’

How Steve Jobs did his Job

‘When you ask a creative person how they did something, they may feel guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.’  —Steve Jobs

How many of us can relate to this? This speaks to the way our minds work with regard to creativity–how we get our best ideas and how we evolve. In part it’s the ‘mindpop’ thing—the seemingly unbidden insight that pops into your head when not focusing on the subject. It’s not linear and in fact it often seems disconnected from effortful work. That’s why creative professionals often don’t look like we’re working—we get this. I once had a very nervous, very tight corporate client in my studio actually ask me when we were going to start working—she was so unused to that model of creative productivity. Creative thinking actually requires, after filling your head with as much information as you can, to step back, take a break, go do something unrelated to the work at hand. That’s where the true seeing comes in— the right brained, non linear, pattern seeing, fresh and spontaneous insights that really make a difference, that make things better.  The work is everything that has led up to that moment….and the boldness to act on the insight….even though it didn’t feel like work.

Creative Anxiety

It has been a while since my last post. I apologize! Life shifting—bit of creative chaos—has upset my blogging routine. It’s all good…and this post I had started months ago now seems particularly apt, as I have begun the process of writing a book tentatively titled  Fresh: The Art and Craft of Food Photography due out in October 2011. Suddenly I find my delving in to the psychology of creativity and creative process particularly resonant as I’m experiencing all sorts of fear, anxiety, procrastination, mental blocks, frequent trips to the refrigerator, compulsive checking my email, mind pops interrupting my sleep, words pouring out of nowhere onto the page one minute, blocked the next, and a general sense of ‘what have I gotten myself into?’ paralysis.

I have found that understanding the nature of RESISTANCE helps somewhat in pushing past it. As I head into this venture I’m very happy to have read Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art that speaks to all forms of self-sabotage when we are creating. He names all the ways resistance shows up (see above) and shares his process which involves 3 parts discipline and 1 part magic…summoning the muse, allowing for grace: setting the scene for the interplay between left and right brain interplay. He also talks about the evolution of self and how the ego is constantly trying to undermine our personal journeys of evolution….be it a new fitness regime, a new diet or a new business venture.   And by the way, Pressfield’s experience in the Marine Corps in the 60’s and as a best selling author makes you want to follow his authoritative, good humored admonishments. Good handbook for the art of living.


…for, among other things, my many years doing what I love, shooting food. This of course translates to many years of shooting Thanksgiving meals…so many turkeys, so much flow! That’s just a start of the many things I’m grateful for, and by no means at the top of the list. Gratitude. Grace. If loving is the heart of creativity, then these things seem like a good way to get there. Creating anything requires a generosity of spirit. It’s pretty tough to create from a cup half full. Since we know our thoughts create our reality, and the practice of gratitude generates positive feelings, focus today on how gratitude can open a window to your creative Self. Happy Thanksgiving!

Enable Javascript