The Reason for Inspiration
Let’s try to understand first the definition of inspiration. According to an encyclopedia, inspiration defines as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
It’s quite simple to understand, I think. Here are the words I found interesting in that definition, “mentally” and “feel.” Those two words related to emotion. In psychology, we like to refer it as affect.
The affect stimulated us to create an idea and form it. That is how inspiration work. You feel that you like something and you want to do that thing and probably evolve it. You just feel it, there’s no need to think about it. But I want you to think about it now.
Here is the question: What makes you feel that way? If you think about it, what is the significant factor that something can become an inspiration for you?
Quite a headache now, right?
Since I’m in psychology, I’ve been told to not just feel something but also understand it and analyze it. What makes me do this?; What makes me feel this?; What makes me think this? And based on that, I can figure out a little bit about inspiration, for me at least.
Let me tell you my story.
At first, I fascinated by landscape photography. When I see them I keep wondering if I can take those amazing photos myself. So I did and I think it’s pretty good. I love it. But then I question myself, why I like it in the first place?
Back then, I realize that I like it because that is the only thing that looks good that I could see. It’s so popular that I never even try to look for any other kind of photography. Most of my friend like landscape photography, most of my SNS feed are landscape photography, and I rarely see anything besides landscape photography. So I decided to look deeply on another kind of photography and that’s how ended up here.
Total change. 180º change. The complete opposite of my first time. Let me say that black and white fine art is not as famous as landscape photography. And yet, I found beauty in it. Something that totally different than any I have seen before.
Based on that, I can think of two reasons of where my inspiration came from. First, because it’s popular. If it popular, that means it a great thing. Another reason is that it fits me, that inspiration totally fits me. You can say that it really match with me.
Now all of it just what I think about my own inspiration. Obviously that everyone has a different way to think about it.
So I ask the same question to you. What is your reason for inspiration?