I have decided to round up some of my favorite photo series with the hope that they may serve as inspiration and promote creativity. This selection is inspired by A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, a book by Daniel Pink that has changed the way I think about creativity and what it means to us in this day and age.
This excerpt in particular has resonated with me: “The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind–computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers—will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”
These images offer great photo series ideas with examples of “big picture thinkers” finding their own, unique way to express themselves.
Highlight Your Kid’s Personality
With 6 stunningly beautiful kids, Michelle Dupont is not only blessed with a large and lovely family, she’s also a gifted fine art portrait and wedding photographer who gets to spend her days capturing other people’s memories.
Get Your Family Members Involved
A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot Grandma’s Superhero Therapy, a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling.
See the Fine Art in Animals
British photographer Tim Flach sees animals in a completely different way. Having completed postgraduate studies at St. Martins School of Art London, Flach shoots stylized animal portraits that look more like fine art than framed shots of puppies.
Take on a 365 Project
Like Valerie Chiang or Kalie Garrett, Alex Stoddard is one of those talented teenage photographers who knows how to express themselves. His striking self-portraits are incredibly unique, and, after viewing them, you’re left wondering where he’s going to take you next.
Celebrate Love and Romance
London-born photographer Chis Craymer recently launched his new book, Romance. Craymer wanted the book to be “essentially emotional rather than intellectual or fashion led.” He explains: “Romance for me was the perfect vehicle to make pictures which can covey a number of emotions . . . I wanted to try to make pictures which could be for example sexy, funny, joyful and also powerful and even soulful.”