Is a common thought that doing a creative job means to be free to create how, when and what one wants, without constraints, without any rule. Reality, as always, is a little more complex. To do creative job you need dedication, commitment, discipline, and practice. You have to practice and practice, do it again and again. You must learn to put the technique at vision’ service.
And you can not wait for inspiration to magically come to you, you have to go in searching for it, invent something, look, doing research. Creativity is an exercise, and doing a creative job is a job like any other (maybe just a little bit more fun!). When someone tell me that doing a creative job I am free to do everything I want, without constraints, I understand that there is still this prejudice linked to creative jobs: you are totally free. You can do whatever you want, photograph who/what/how you want. In reality these are a kind of bohemian dreams! Because not, in reality it’s not like that. Customers have needs, other vendors make requests, the magazines, the sites, must follow their own editorial lines. And then there are trends and fashion, of course. Part of a photographer’s work is being able to make a good mix between their own vision and the rest of the world, without imposing tyranny and without succumbing (to the industry, to the trends…)
I thought a lot about the question of freedom. Sometimes I followed the current that I felt closer to me. I also tried to photograph always in the same way (“You have to be consistent!”), I tried to follow some trends (“How is your way of photographing? Airy, moody or photojournalistic?”). Yet in the end I always came back on my own way. Which is not so radically consistent, involves a certain amount of imperfection, and is definitely not straight, it looks more like an arabesque. With all the rules I have to follow to live the freedom to do the job I love, I decided to take another kind freedom: I decided to not chasing my “deep voice” spasmodically. I’m not going to look for it, I wait for it to come out from my own inner space from time to time, without forcing, and with authenticity. We will see what happens.