Back in college, I took an art class called “Design & Color.” There were some legit artists who were getting art degrees in my class. However, I wasn’t an artist. I didn’t know about the color wheel or which medium I preferred. To me, “medium” was still a
T-shirt size. I was challenged beyond belief and was frustrated several times, but I proved to myself that anyone can be an artist.
I never really thought of myself as a creative person either. I tend to lean more on the left side of my brain; it’s more comfortable there. However, just like any muscle, when pulled and stretched, it will grow stronger and surprise you.
Taking on the position of editor has challenged me to build my right-side brain muscle. On a regular basis, I must think creatively, whether through my words or what I envision. I also must relay that vision to others. Let’s just say my brain is getting a run for its money these days. The upside is that there’s no greater reward than working hard for something and being proud of the achievement that hard work brought about.
Whether it’s because of my job and the people I meet or the overland community in general, I’m surrounded by so many talented and creative people. They inspire me to continue to push my creative side and explore the possibilities there.
When I first got into publishing I loved my job. I was the logical thinker in a creative environment, which spoke to me and came to me easily. Nowadays, I constantly feel like the scatterbrained artist and empathize
with those who lack natural organizational skills.
I’ve always been a fan of photography and come from a family of artists, painters and photographers. My dad taught me about composition at a younger age—which is probably why I’m able to easily identify and appreciate talented photography, even if I can’t replicate it myself. However, that’s one aspect of that right brain I’ve been exploring.
In this issue, we celebrate those who have mastered the art of creativity. We celebrate great photographers who might have gotten their start exploring and found that a new talent or photography is what challenged them to explore faraway lands.
From the features to the adventure stories, Tread chooses to spotlight some of the best photographic talent. And, with the addition of our “Viewpoint” department, Chris Collard shares tips and tricks to help others step up their game. I know that it’s helped me.
Whether you’re a YouTube videographer, a novice photographer or an aspiring blogger, my advice is to challenge yourself to push beyond your comfort zone. You’ll be surprised by what you can do and create.
During your next trip out, take some time to sit still and take in the beauty to perhaps share the experience with others through your medium-of-choice.
Happy trails, Kelly Nomura Editor & Brand Manager