I’ve spent this past year focusing on two things: Creating work that has personal meaning, and learning to create unique, solid work that doesn’t rely on a beautiful landscape (which I’ve done in the past).
Our most meaningful work is the work we put our heart into. It’s the work that comes from a place of personal vulnerability or inspiration. Consider yourself lucky that you’re human. You have emotions. Some days, freaking all of them. Feel them. Understand them. Use them.
Put what you’re feeling into your images (or art, or whatever sets your soul on fire). Conceptually, symbolically, spiritually, who cares…just get it the hell in there. If you want to create powerful work, it needs to come from a powerful place. Look inside, you might like what you find.
Every memory we have is a caricature of an experience we’ve lived through.
They’re wildly unreliable when it comes to actual details but the feelings attached our memories always seem clear. It’s like our brain knows which parts are important enough to hold on to.
This set was an epitome of that, much like this set.
If you feel trapped in a creative box, make friends with the monsters that scared you into it.
Hard light isn’t scary once you get to know it. Getting close to your subjects feels normal once you start doing it. Everything you’ve been too afraid to try is waiting for you to come out of that silly little fortress you’ve built to keep yourself safe.
For the sake of art, lean into the thing that scares you the most. Lean into whatever you love but struggle with. Lean into your big scary ideas and those small weird ones. Lean hard.
Looking back at 10 years of work (both in my personal and creative life) has taught me that:
95% of our work exists to teach us how to make the 5% that we’re most proud of.
We’re all building ourselves as we go.
Let’s build well.
Currently listening to this.