There’s something I enjoy about a cool foggy start to the day. (Not enough to switch from iced to hot coffee again just yet.) Maybe it’s the welcome cool down from yard work days outdoors sweating at 7am to a hint of autumn coming soon. Change in the air. School back in session. New beginnings with a new semester. Mile markers of good memories coming into view. Calm in the skies.
In life & in the creative process, take what you’ve got, limits & imperfections, & just go for it. Step over the fear of the outcome you expect & do it anyway. Fire off a shot you know -by the numbers- isn’t expected to work well. Take it. Hold your breath & wait a moment.
Let it flop. Let it be ugly, imperfect, unfocused, a waste of your finite energy and irreplaceable time. Just don’t let it slip by.
So what if it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped? Here’s proof you were there, you put your life into something that you gave a damn about, you were creating, not for anyone but yourself, for whatever reason you like, or no reason at all. Proof of life when motivation feels like it flatlined months ago.
Let it be a reminder of that time you saw an opportunity & took it. It cost you something, but it was worth it.
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If you’re still reading & we’re still talking cameras, #justgoshoot
Never underestimate the creative potential of simple machines.
This whiz-bang “Apple Peeler Corer” kitchen accessory did more for my kids’ snacks than save me prep time. It got them excited to make (and devour) their own Apple Slinky.™
Kids who “didn’t like apples” started asking for seconds after watching the solid fruit spin through and exit as tasty spirals.
Today’s reminder: You don’t need fancy camera setups to enjoy making images.
(Are you reading this on the last device you used to snap an image, or is that device within arm’s reach? Precisely.)
This winter I picked up an Instax instant film camera and it quickly became the Apple Slinky of picture taking among my minions. Sure they can all snap on phones and tablets but seeing a photo appear and holding a print in seconds is pure magic.
What simple tools are right in front of you? Let’s put them to use making art, not excuses.
Your cohort in creativity, eB
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