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How to Be Creative

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Every once in a while you read something you really wish you had written.  Perusing Hugh MacLeod’s post on creativity over my morning coffee today, I had that feeling.  He touches on many of the boundaries we all face as we try to hone in bringing something original to the proverbial table.

Reminds me of that quote by Marianne Williamson,

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.  We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?”  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world…”

Creativity in essence is seeing something differently than everyone else does.  It’s not shrinking from the voice inside that insists on bringing your unique perspective into the mix.  Nothing more, nothing less than yourself.  Maybe that’s why it’s such a vulnerable process – because creativity is a glimpse of ourselves without the security of any facade.  It’s a look into that inner light that we all tightly guard.


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05/11/2010 at 10:14 pm

A Steinway for a Hasselblad?

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I was listening to this beautiful piano earlier today.  The kind of music that is almost haunting because it’s so full of soul and vulnerability. I allowed the music to no longer float through the background, but to become my focus. For a moment it was like I had my own personal soundtrack. Listening, I wondered if I would trade being a photographer to be able to play like that

The ironic part is, the answer was within the question.

I want to make images that could stop a musician and make him wonder if he would trade his ability to play to make images like that….

No matter whether you are speaking in terms of tonal range or tones of gray, art is an expression of connection and vulnerability.  We’re all on the same ride.

This last weekend I had the opportunity to work with some phenomonal Santa Fe dancers from the 3HC BBoy/Girl group.  It’s always a blast to shoot people who are uninhibited in front of the camera – thanks 3HC.


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01/23/2010 at 12:11 am