Taking more "artistic" photos

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CybrSlydr Regular Member • Posts: 486
Taking more "artistic" photos

When I look at pictures I take, or why I took a certain photo, I feel like I do it because of an almost... archival mindset.  I want to take a picture of something to remember it, rather than because it strikes me as anything artistic or creative.  Especially since I don't do much in the way of editing.  Occasionally I might use the auto tools or a crop, but not very often.

For example, my Flickr account has 10,540 photos I've uploaded since 2005.  When I look at them, what I see is what I stated above - they're not really artistic in nature, more technical with capturing a "moment" that I'd like to remember.  I personally don't see very much in the way of "artistry" in it.

I understand some of you may say that with "artistic" being such a subjective term, they all have an aspect of it - or maybe I'm just experiencing the "artists curse".  That's fine, and I appreciate it.

So I guess my question is... what are some ways you think I can more engage or try and find a more "creative" side of my photography hobby?

It sounds odd to be so analytical in trying to figure out how to be more creative, but it's kind of the only real way I can approach it.  Should I just walk about and shoot more?  Should I try prompts or competitions?  Should I look at the works of more photographers?

All of the above?

I'm not trying to become the next Ansel Adams or something - but trying to get more out of my photographs than just what looks to me as "photographs for the record".

Thanks folks. 

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