Creative Inspiration is revealed to me in the stillness of solitude. I withdraw for a brief time to contemplate. These little respites – walking, coffee breaks, cigarettes breaks and time spent alone in a bar with alcohol are a few incentivizing activities done by millions to facilitate reflection, problem solving, prioritizing and observation. A person outside a tavern standing, smoking a cigarette or a person inside a cafe nursing a cup of coffee – both humans possess unique thoughts, regrets, problems and expectations.
Everyone has a Story
As I was editing a section of conceptual images, I noticed that I have many that are of a lone person engaged in waiting or what appeared to be doing exactly what my cat does: simply existing in the moment. Of course, the thoughts and concerns are not possible to foretell with a still photograph but that is precisely why I find images like these compelling. I look and speculate on what that person has going on in their life. What are they thinking about at that moment?
Appreciating the Mundane
The majority of life is routine: doing laundry, paying bills, preparing food, putting the dishes away and so on. As a photographer, I try and pay attention to the “non Facebook moments”. Everyone loves a sunset but what about the carpeting leading up to the waiting room in your dentist’s office? Or the intricate painted fingernails of the checkout person at the pharmacy? I realize that images I capture, even of the mundane, are enhanced: shadows/highlights, skies, contrast, saturation. I don’t apologize for that. My challenge is to cultivate an eye for recognizing the everyday beauty of the world around me. Hawaii, of course is beautiful. It always will be, but the lint from the trap in my dryer might take an extra moment to recognize it’s magnificence! Being alone, without relying on my smartphone for entertainment, is a way of reconnecting to my observational self. Earlier, I mentioned walking as a practice of creative inspiration.
That works for me.