Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.
The camera is no more an instrument of preservation, the image is.
Photography helps people to see.
There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own.
Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act - rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life - not death.