#fridayfacelessportrait \\ The Ebb & Flow of Creativity…

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ebb & flow of creativity SarahLouFrancis #fridayfacelessportrait instagram project Creativity is a process so dependant upon so many factors – mood, moment, time, place, environment…fear.

Fear is my greatest foe. And what that fear usually boils down to is a feeling of not fulfilling my potential, compounded by overly high expectations of perfection placed on oneself. It’ll stop me in my tracks.

I’m slowly learning to embrace the ebb & flow of creativity as a reality that I must accept. A process to allow, to move through, and to grow from. The bit in the middle can be just so frustrating, but I’m also learning that simply pushing on can sometimes be more beneficial than perfection…

Last year was a struggle for me. I felt utterly adrift and unable to grasp at anything firm to pull myself back. My creative mojo was nowhere to be found, but I felt I had to keep on trying or I’d be lost for good.
Slowly, slowly I’m coming through this phase, and I decided to start this year with a project to give me something to hold on to.

I’m fascinated by the potential of a portrait that does not include the full face. To my mind, these can sometimes tell the story of a person or a moment more deeply – they are intentional, often thoughtful, and there is somehow more room for interpretation within the image that causes us look a little harder.

As my fear had almost ground me to a halt on Instagram, I decided to start my project there. To give myself a deadline on which to post (and because I liked the phonetic play!), it has become #fridayfacelessportrait.

There are so many ways to capture faceless portraits – a headless body, a turned face, hands, arms, legs, shots taken from behind, or even above. I have invited anyone to join in, and happily they have, with some beautiful images to date.

So, what started as a battle against my fears & a push towards returning a creative flow has become something positive. Something others can enjoy too. Up yours fear!
And with a slow return from the ebb, my aim now is to share favourites from the feed each month here on the blog (on a friday of course!)

If you would like to join in, simply tag an image from your week with #fridayfacelessportrait & @lapinblu (tag/post anytime, I simply use the Friday as a goal for me.)

I look forward to seeing, and perhaps sharing your stories x

Comments (4)

  1. Lou Archell

    I am so pleased you are back, feeling positive and creative again. I completely understand how you feel and it is our own pressure we put on ourselves that sometimes hold us back. Silly isn’t it. I told Charlie this same thing when he was having a melt down about his times tables. He wants everything to be right, not to make mistakes. I said he is putting that pressure on him no one else. And it hit home to me – I too do the same.
    I hope to join you in your project this week.
    Love lou XX

  2. Lottie

    I love this idea and will definitely join in. In my head I will always call it #fridayfearlessportrait though.

    Two things:
    1. Brene Brown on how comparison kills creativity – https://soundcloud.com/onbeing/brene-brown-the-courage-to-be-vulnerable

    2. The fragility of ideas perfectly described by Philip Pullman – ‘The idea hovered and shimmered delicately, like a soap bubble, and she dared not even look at it directly in case it burst. But she was familiar with the way of ideas, and she let it shimmer, looking away, thinking about something else.’

    Love x

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