So the last time I posted a "creative process" blog, was July 17th. That seems so long ago and it kind of is. It was an interview with Sam Landreth, (http://www.bencalhounphotography.com/blog/2016/7/21/the-creative-process-sam-landreth) (s/o: today is her birthday...Happy Birthday, Sam!)
But after a move across the country, settling in, and starting a few new jobs, I'm happy to get back to posting these interviews.
In the past, I've sent off the interview questions through email to people I've never met before and then posted them. Now that I am in Seattle, my hope is to have a sit down interview with each person and be able to connect with their stories even better than before.
So to kick of this new season of "the creative process" I say down with my friend Kyle Meck and asked him the following questions...even though I already knew the answers to some of them:
the creative process: Kyle Meck
What do you do for a living?
- I’m a photographer.
Why do you create and what is the importance of creativity in your life?
- I create because I enjoy it, and creating inherently makes me more active. It makes me think about life differently -- what I want, what I see, and where we can go.
We’ve all had moments where we lack creativity. How do you approach that block?
- It looks differently depending on what you’re stuck on. I wouldn’t say there’s a one-size-fits-all solution. Sometimes, it does look like “doing”. Sometimes you need to work hard to get through what you're working on. There will be things that you were inspired about that you aren't anymore, but you still need to finish. It’s important to try different ways to get your thoughts out of your head. For me, it helps to talk through it, try something new and/or learn from others.
What’s one misconception about being a photographer that you would want people to know about?
- “That we don’t work”. Photographers work a lot. It’s more than the final images or project most people see. There is a lot that goes into it -- never as simple as it looks. It’s also personal. Creating something comes out of who we are, even if it is for someone else.
Who are a few people/creatives/artists in your "line of work” or otherwise that you look up to, or are inspired by? Where can we find their work?
- There are a lot of people that inspire me. There are different people that I respect and who inspire me to do something artistic outside of photography.
If you could go one place in the world for a week, all expenses paid, where would you go?
- Patagonia or South Africa.
Where is your favorite place in the world that you have been to?
- Faroe Islands.
How do you describe you creative style?
- I want my photos to be emotional. To show that people matter and that life has the ability to be incredibly unique. Technically speaking: bright, warm and de-saturdated
What’s your go-to coffee order?
Where can people find your work?
- Instagram: @kylemeck
- Website: https://kylemeck.co/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know your Myers-Briggs?
What would you say to someone just starting out?
- Do it. Find a way to start doing something. All the pieces don't have to be in play in order for you to make something. You’re going to be your biggest critic. Just keep making stuff. You're going to make a lot of terrible things, but keep making them.
That's all for now. If you enjoyed this interview, make sure to go follow Kyle and thank him for his time in answering these questions. I've got some non-photographer interviews coming up which I am really stoked about. I love having a way to sit down and get to know people and the reasons behind their creativity.
As always, thanks for reading. If you have questions, leave a comment below. If you, or someone you know, should be interviewed for the creative process, send me an email (email@example.com) or leave a comment below.