“Creative Vision?” Who Me?

I’ve been taking another online photography course. Different instructors this time — the folks who set up oopoomoo.com and oopoomoo Creatives. I was delighted to win free entrance to the class with a couple of my photos back in the fall. Thank you, oopoomoo!

Samantha and Darwin’s Resolve, is more about discovering who you are as a photographer than a how-to-make-better-photos course. The last assignment asks for “an image you feel is representative of your creative vision.” Hm. This strikes me as one of those tough life questions, like “So, what’s your novel about?”

What is my novel about? Do I have a creative vision?

Pretending I know the answers to these questions, I’ll say: “My novel is about mothers. Mothers and daughters, mothers and sisters, mothers without children.” I’ll say: “Most of my photos depict some aspect of nature.” (That’s not an answer.)

Okay, then: “My creative vision is to depict nature as an artist with a little artistry of my own thrown in.”

Pine + Snow abstractThere. That wasn’t so hard. Yes it was! But hey, now I know. At least for now. Don’t hold me to either answer though, okay? On creative vision or on the novel


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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

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  1. Janet Barclay on January 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I love the way you draw parallels between writing and photography. Always something to get my wheels turning!

  2. Kathy Stinson on May 15, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks Janet. Always happy to be of service. 😉

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