6 Motivational Quotes That Make Your Street Photography More Creative


I personally get the most inspiration from creative people in other fields. They've figured out their own way of expressing themselves through their medium. Whether it's painting, playing music or writing, it always helps to get inspired by your fellow creatives.

Fine art street photography is not only about capturing life on the streets - it's about capturing what's within you: your eye, heart and soul! The way you see, feel and live life. It all has an effect on your street photos. As a fine art street photographer, you are an artist. 

That's why today I would love to present to you 6 motivational quotes that also make your street photos more creative. What's important though is that they shouldn't just serve as food for thought...

...process them, make them part of your thinking and let massive action improve your street photography! What helps me a lot is writing them down on a piece of paper. You internalize them better that way. I also love using them as my desktop wallpaper to remind me ever day to put the advise into practice.

I hope you enjoy the following quotes! May they set your heart on fire, open your eyes and unleash your creative soul!


  Mask Of Society  | Düsseldorf, 2013

Mask Of Society | Düsseldorf, 2013

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.”

Terri Guillemets

Whatever lies within you, express it and you fill your soul with light. When you feel sad or frustrated, take that inner energy and hit the streets. It will give you an inner drive that will fuel your street photos! 

  Dots and Lines  | Canberra, 2014

Dots and Lines | Canberra, 2014

“You write your first draft with your heart and you re-write with your head. The first key to writing is to write, not to think.”

Sean Connery

Shoot without thinking. Make mistakes, use the wrong settings, shoot in automatic mode - it just doesn't matter at first. Unfortunately, cameras often tend to distract us from what really counts. 

A photo is merely something you saw, felt and connected to yourself. That all happens outside the realm of cameras. The more you open your eyes, heart and soul to everything that's happening around you the better your street photos get.

Produce, produce, produce and a few days later you revise it with a bit more distance.

  Zig Zag  | Amsterdam, 2016

Zig Zag | Amsterdam, 2016

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”


Be different and do what you think is right. Shoot the street photos you would love to see and feel. Even if no one in the whole street photography community shoots that way, you're probably onto something.

Embrace your unique way of approaching it. I tried way too long to conform to common ideas and expectations and it hurt me. The moment I moved on and simply did it my way, my journey started.

Be the odd one out, be the weirdo, be the crazy street photography that no one gets. That's creativity, that's innovation, that's you.

But never forget to move forward with your creative chessman. Progress is made through action, not thoughts.

  Untitled  | Tokyo, 2017

Untitled | Tokyo, 2017

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

It's funny how creativity works. The more you create, the more you want to create. The more you want to create, the more you become a creative person. It's all about momentum.

If you don't shoot for a few weeks, you almost forget how it feels to shoot. Your brain just moves on. The second you just take one photo makes you create again. That sparks a chain reaction of other creative impulses. Follow that creative rabbit hole until you are in your element.

Take some break, don't burn yourself out, but as long as it's fun to create, you are on the right track!

  Farfalla  | Montepulciano, 2016

Farfalla | Montepulciano, 2016

“Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.”

Robert Henri

Street photography is not only about capturing reality as realistically as possible. It's about your way of perceiving reality.

Allow us to become part of your world. Let all of your inner daemons and dreams flow into your street photos. Try to shoot between the lines. That means that your stret photos can be blurry, oversaturated, overexposed or whatever it is that you feel.

If you miss being with someone, shoot that feeling on the street. "Painting the feathers" would be merely capturing a couple holding hands. "Painting the flying spirit" would be capturing your own reflection in a window with two silhouettes of strangers in you.

It's always more interesting when a street photo raises more questions than it answers. Make it abstract, because that opens more room for interpretation.

  Colors Of The Night  | Düsseldorf, 2013

Colors Of The Night | Düsseldorf, 2013

“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.”

James McNeil Whistler

I always say that gear and technicalities are the ABC of photography, but anything else is poetry. A street photo always says something about you as a person and artist.

That's why I love fine art street photography so much. It offers you so much room to bring you into the picture. For many years I've been curating the fine art photography world and certain patters emerge after a while.

When I see someone's street photos, it always gives me and idea about the photographer behind it. Celebrate that your photos are not only poetry of sight, they are poetry of your heart and soul as well! 

Pour yourself in your photos and make them yours. Shoot what you love seeing the most, capture what captures your heart and tell stories that relate to your life and identity!

The world likes to see your street photos, but we want to love and feel you as the artist and street photographer behind them.

You are a poet, an artist and a photographer. Embrace it and shoot today what you've never shot before!