At the end of the day, closing up the studio. Full of gratitude and sleepiness. Exploring new territory and creative endeavors is always a little nerve-wracking but trying to not be hard on myself.
Suggested to a client last week that we’re all best off “practicing practical perfectionism”
“I was into films that were really well art directed. Stylized, Kubrick-esque films where everything, each scene was completely on point. That led to falling in love with gallery spaces. I would take complete days just to gallery hop. It was like church, kind of. Soon everyone was asking me to do the sets and art direction for their films, because no other students were focused on that. I became the go-to.....There’s always that level of relatability juxtaposed with luxury. Something that’s really well done, but there’s something punk about it, something to throw it off. You have to add elements that clash.”- @dozie.kanu via @tmagazine Photography by @jda.usa for @interviewmag #germany#creativephilosophy#doziekanu
MakeDo! I attended a book talk for @luvvie book last night and left feeling motivated as I work on my first book: About Making Do: How to Inspire Creativity and Empower Community. I'm even more passionate about my creative philosophy Making Do which essentially is using what you have around you to innovate and live a purposeful life. This has been ingrained in my own cultural DNA. We all make do everyday in some way. It's evolutionary and revolutionary. My mission as a social designer/maker/doer is to design spaces and opportunities that spark creativity, make unlikely connections and raise the voice of the little guy, gal and folk. Photo via @nmaahc which opens officially to the public tomorrow. #MakeDo#creativephilosophy#thegeneralstoreinc#aboutmakingdo#usewhatyougot#fridayfeeling#intentions#luuvie#imjudgingyou
Paper + water + white glue + persistence.
For anyone who thinks I use a complex recipe to make paper pulp or strip style mache. #Nope
I've been doing this for years, and my approach is simple recipe, fancy finish. Find my detailed pulp procedure on an old post (because it hasn't changed) on my blog, lol. Link below.
*eta: these are paper pulp shapes, post sanding, using a cheap palm sander and my reliable dremel. The pulp dries lightweight, rock hard, and sandable.
NOTES ON PHOTOGRAPHY.
So...little trick I usually charge a billion dollars for: know those little lines that pop up when you're first cropping your photo in Instagram? There are two horizontal and two vertical lines. This is IG's nifty little nod to THE RULE OF THIRDS, which is the foundational building block for good composition in Photography. The Rule of Thirds is an incredibly handy way of drawing attention to the most important parts of the image in a subtle way and laying it out in the most pleasing way possible. So: find the most important part of your image, and arrange it as close to the INTERSECTION of a horizontal and vertical line as possible. In this case: look at this little lad's eyes.
Imagine that this image is divided into thirds. His eyes would be at the intersection of the TOP HORIZONTAL and the RIGHT VERTICAL LINES, thus subconsciously drawing people's attention there. Or something like that. Send me five dollars if you feel like it, because you certainly couldn't find this kind of tidbit on Google. Class over. Go watch some Cosby Show.
You can have a billion dollars of photography equipment, you can understand lighting inside and out and be able to strip down and re-assemble your 10-million megapixel camera in the dark, but unless you can find an interesting subject and capture it from a unique and compelling perspective...then who cares?
One reason I like Instagram. It's not a replacement for traditional photography shot on DSLRs that let you precisely control the quality of your images...but it certainly is complementary in the sense of simply forcing you to place the priority on what is A) interesting around you, and then B) finding a unique point-of-view to capture it from. There. Mini rant over. Until next time. Now go play in the sun!