12 January 2015
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Silence filled my mind, letting me immerse myself in the moment. On that late evening photo shoot two small decorative balls of equal size filled the frame of my iPhone. The process, which creates one singular frame after another, takes me out of myself and onto a platform, a quiet spatial place that empties and flows with uncanny unconscious.
Movement occurs, but I cannot grasp it. Composition completed, but I am in the future before the past is understood.
After stacks of books devoured about the creative process, the subject continues to be a mysterious and ungraspable concept. We know it happens, and still it continues to be somewhat elusive in expression and explanation. Certainly scores of artists and writers have devoted reams of paper to delineate their point of views about creativity.
I liken it to a silent flow, a river of synapses that are in the correct cross currents, not testing but executing their strut, their bold decisive moment (similar to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment). I am captive by this powerful lure: the need to focus and still the visual.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~~ Maya Angelou
“Passion is more than one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” ~~ Yo-Yo Ma
“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” ~~ Ansel Adams
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” — Buddha
Tip of the Week: Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi became world-renown for his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990). His ideas center around the notion that if you become completely engaged in whatever you are doing (e.g., art, play, and work), the result will be a state of happiness–a place of creativity that gives meaning to our lives. He contributed to our better understanding of the creative process. In 2004 Csikszentmihalyi gave a TED Talk to continue his exploration about flow. The title of the 18:55-minute talk is “Flow, the Secret to Happiness.” You can click here to view it. Since I first read his work and subsequent books, the idea of flow continues to influence me as I contemplate the human animal’s creative abilities. But I’m never quite sure of the correlation between the creative process and happiness. It seems that flow is more about a state of being where the unconscious can release its better self–or at least a non-judgmental self.
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