Entries in expression (2)

Monday
Jan032011

A new project

 We are starting off the new year with an interesting online photo project, Creative Exposures. It's an accessible daily photo challenge that I hope is also thought provoking and creatively stimulating. I hope you all join, professional photographers and people with no photo experience are welcome. The end goal is to help jump start your personal creative process and help you look at your days a little differently.

Creative Exposures is a photographic community brought together with the purpose of providing a creative kick in the pants. We ask you to carry your camera with you at some point everyday (phone cameras are encouraged due to their readiness), stop for a moment and take pictures of the things you notice everyday or the things you've never noticed before. Take the time to look at the surroundings you often find yourself in, what do you notice, what sparks your interest? Next you upload your photo to the Lightbox SF Flickr webpage to share with the community. But there's a catch, we want you to upload the unedited images. Yep, that's right no color correction, no cropping, no touch ups. Just your unedited photos with a description in a sentence or less. Why unedited? We want this project to remain as raw and easy as possible, ignoring needs for perfection. Just let go. Creativity flows more freely with spontaneity, without perfection, and when we appreciate the ideas in their simplest form.

For those who want and appreciate a little guidance, we will provide a randomly generated word every Monday here on our blog and on our project Facebook page to help inspire a possible theme or to provoke a new way of seeing. Twice a week, Lightbox SF will post their favorite photos on our blog. This is not only a great way to awaken your creative being but also a great platform for you to get your work noticed.

This project is a small step toward living a conscious life and will help you tap into your creative energy with only a little effort. Sometimes we forget what makes us feel good and how easy it is to make that happen. This simple and approachable photo project will allow you to bring that spark into your daily life. Whether you are a full-time artist or a weekend hobbyist this project will help you to become more awake to your surroundings, more appreciative of the beauty and interesting things in your day and will allow you to delve into a more exciting energy inside of you.

Thursday
Sep092010

Burning Man - A Virgin's Thoughts

I went to Burning Man this year for the first time and while I didn't have any secretly hoped for epiphanies, it was an inspiring experience. I met some amazing people, was awed by the open expression I saw all around me, and generally was taken in by all the sights. Pretty much anything when done in the desolate setting of Black Rock City takes on a more profound meaning. The shear effort involved takes everything to another level.

What really stuck with me though was a permeating feeling of need for escape that filled the air. Most everyone was there looking for an experience they couldn't have anywhere else. They needed to have that experience, the desire was palpable. The memory it creates will be held to tightly until it is replaced by something wholly new, but with a similar catharsis.

This part I understand and puts the whole event into a different perspective. I too want to be a part of something, to create something that gives me or others an experience. I want to be able to imagine something and then have it come to life. We so rarely encounter such an empty canvas in our lives, no wonder 50,000 people trek for hours or days to spend a week in the dust.