Do you ever have those moments in life when you're on a track with some issue or idea (let's say trying to maintain a creative habit or wondering about a theory), and then suddenly all these interconnected moments pop into your life? It's as though you're walking down a road and in the distance it's unpaved, but as you take steps forward the unpaved turns to paved and you find yourself down an incredibly clear path.
After finishing up my blog and newsletter for week 26 I took some time to read through my LensWork magazines. It's a beautiful publication with an insightful podcast. I've been listening to the podcast for about 4 years now, but only recently received the subscription as a gift. I was reading an interview with Huntington Witherill (whose work is amazing btw!!!) and the issue of improvement and habit came up. He said "The only way that I know of to get things to improve and become more focused and more deliberate is to do it over and over again. I've been in the habit - at least for the last four or five months - of trying to complete one each day." There it is!!! The message ringing loud and clear in my face from so many outlets and synthesized so beautifully yet again by an artist who is not just a photographer, but a photographer practicing a similar form of photography as myself. There is the spark. The lighter fluid that ignites me to the next level so I can complete this project. It felt like a full circle moment. I treasure those moments. It's like grace in the flesh.
I sat down to start week 27 with a renewed sense of vigor, and less pressure on myself. I just floated into the process without expectation. I perused through my photo library where I came across a different shot of this reflection pool from Savannah. The image was blurry, but the lines, the shapes, and colors were drawing me in. I knew the image wasn't strong enough to stand on its own, but I wondered what would happen if I incorporated it into my edits for week 27? There's only one way to find out!
The results were visually complex, bordering on Escheresque, with the feel of a bustling, futuristic city. They all reminded me of city scenes. Complex highway systems overlapping each other. Headlights mingling with taillights at high speeds. Flashing advertisements begging for your attention. The reflection of stop lights in puddles on the street. The sense of electric movement that never seems to end no matter the time of day. The constant throng of city life. What do you see in all this? Share your take on week 27 in the comments below.
I'm excited to jump into week 28. Here's a sneak peek of things to come. Looking forward to carrying this project to completion, and creating a book of the journey. Have you struggled with maintaining your creative habits? Want to share your story? Have any tips or tricks for those of us who do struggle? Or general questions about the project and process? I'd love to hear from you! Share your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for following along!