Creating Purposefully

“I create for the sake of creating.” I don’t get that

I’ve heard many creatives say that– I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, I just don’t understand the theory. For me, I enjoy creating, building, photographing, or pretty much anything(I'm easily amused). But I need a clear reason why I’m doing it. I need to understand the purpose of the creating. 

For me(for whatever reason) I need something to say with my images, both from the image itself and with my words(in the case of this blog). So when I made this wooden spatula yesterday that all came together. It’s a functional tool and photographically I enjoy the kinda blake canvas to art metaphor the image represents. After all, it was just a scrap chunk of cherry I saved from becoming kindling and now it's something that'll be useful for years to come.  

But hey maybe I just don’t understand the nuance yet of creating for the sake of creating.


From Big Picture to Nuance

I’m at a life transition from seeking the big picture to embracing the nuances of my life & work.

Two things happened this year– I turned 30 and my business turned 10. I don’t put much thought into age– that said I find these two milestones requiring a new shift in how I approach things. I’ve always been a big picture guy and I’m at a point of where I'm needing to embrace the nuances of life.

The masters seem to embrace the small things in whatever their “art” is while everyone else(like me) seems to move on to find a new "big thing." For me to embrace nuance is getting past the hurdle that’s in my head and it’s one that keeps asking this simple question– “whats the point” because I've always been looking for the big picture. So as I’m transitioning into focusing the nuances of life it’s like learning how to walk again. I’m not sure how to embrace this yet but I’m working on it– working on looking closer at the smaller details within my life and work.

So here's to learning to see the smaller things.
–My 3year old leading me by example–


Disconnected with people to pursue busyness

Disconnected with people to pursue busyness  

It seems to me we put a higher value on busyness then connection  

I'm finding the images I'm making keep opening my mind to questions and passions I have. Today I was struck by the idea of being connected with others. Drinking my coffee this morning waiting for a friend to arrive to hear about her recent trip to Africa, I was captured by the two gents who sat at the bar in front me. Two guys just chatting before taking on the day it seemed. 

I feel this is sadly a dying trend– I can say first hand it seems damn near impossible to get many people to show up to grab coffee or breakfast without some clear business agenda behind it. It's like we've forgotten the great power that comes from simply being connected with others for no other reason than to be connected– equally, we seem to forget that nearly every opportunity we have in life stems from these relationships with one another. Why are we not championing the cultivation of this skill!?!?

I wish to live a life of more connection– regardless of the trends.
-being busy is a bullshit excuse not to connect BTW, end rant-

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From Scratch

  Nothing's duller than mass-produced products  

Even as a creative there's a lot of "going through the motions" to simply produce. 

As someone who makes a bulk of my income shooting headshots(a lot of doing the same thing over and over again– it's just the nature of the beast), I struggle with that. I'm searching for the balance of producing a clear sellable service(I got kids to feed) and creating something worth wild.

So when I got home from the Box today and found my wife's homemade bread sitting on the counter {still cooling} I knew what I'd be photographing today. In a world of fast food and bread from a plastic bag with 30 different ingredients from some lab, I love the idea of made from scratch. The work and effort put into something worth wild– that's what I'm trying to find with photography. 

So here's my image for today– real bread, from scratch. 
-Now, where are the butter and jam-