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The stroke of a pen. The recipe made all your own. The light captured through your lens. Our capacity for the creative is endless — it’s a gift that can be expressed in many ways and is best when left undefined. When we choose to leave it blissfully boundless and open to individuality, our ideas thrive.
You may not consider yourself an artist, and maybe the thought of creating something seems daunting… yet every day we all create. We make something out of nothing, bringing things into existence that weren’t there before. We tell stories, write speeches, construct buildings, design spaces — each act with a craftsmanship all its own.
Whether you look for the art in everything or you shy away from titles like “artist” or “photographer,” let the simple love for your craft and the joy you find give you all the approval you need to be “creative.” The best ideas come when we give ourselves the permission to tell a unique story. Creativity itself can be a practice in gratitude — a place to grow, a way to recollect, and sharpen our perspective.
So today, we recognize and empower the creative in everyone. We press pause to discover and honor these imaginative practices in whatever shape they take. Below are images from members in our community who tapped into their own unique creativity — to simply remember a meaningful moment by taking a photo. Creativity is meant to be celebrated, and we hope these photos inspire you to explore the creative in you. May our community’s courage to pick up the camera and tell a story, lead you to do the same — through whichever medium brings you the most joy.
Pausing to Notice
Blurry is Beautiful
What Lies Before Us
Those Must-Visit Places
All Together Now
One Pick-Me-Up Please
Sights to Stop in Your Tracks
To Be a Part of It All
Making Room for Play
A City in Color
Looking Up Will Never Lead You Astray
Purpose to Press the Shutter
Creativity is messy. It is not perfect or polished. It asks of its ideators to start over and over (and over…) again. But creativity, in all that it asks of you, will return tenfold — teaching that bravery and originality matter most. Trust your instinct to do it your way.
And as you create, put permanence to the many stories you tell, on paper — joining the endless dance between art, experience, and archive. Let print be the tangible medium through which your most meaningful moments can be lived again and again.
Your creativity makes our day. Tag us on Instagram (@artifactuprising) and #TellOn.