glimpse: personal projects are good for your health

January 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


Some of you may know that photography is a more recent passion in my life. I wasn't born with a camera in my hand or anything like that, although that would have been pretty cool. It wasn't until my mid-twenties that I even bought my first camera (digital) and up until then I was pretty much a noob purist when it came to making art. Painting on huge canvases at all hours of the night, filling sketch pads, and all that starving artist stuff was the rock star life, and digital photography didn't seem to possess the same romantic qualities. How could it? It's digital, not real. The truth is that technology just intimidated me and pushed me further away from ever giving it a try. During the first couple of years playing with my new shiny Canon rebel xsi, I learned a few crucial things. Photography and digital photography are hard, and being a good photographer is even harder. It can be overwhelming to learn the amount of technical aspects that are involved, not to mention all the equipment that will break your heart when you realize it didn't make your photos any better. It can be discouraging and overpower the best part about being a photographer, which is the creative process. As a photographer, it's easy to forget about the creative process because we constantly search for perfection. The perfect exposure, the perfect pose, the perfect light, the perfect tack-sharp focus, the perfect gear...you get the drift. You let those silly concerns dominate your process at a cost to yourself. We do it because we like to be creative, and that's it. This is why personal projects are so important: they allows you to be boss, and let's face it, when you're an artist, you are the boss. Do you. Give yourself assignments, deadlines, and challenges, and try to always improve on your work, whatever that may be. It doesn't have to have a purpose other than just practicing your skill. I find it fun to pick a product under five bucks and see if I can come up with a simple ad. Here are a few I decided to do with Starbucks Frappuccino and some upset old coffee cup stains. The other is for a greener approach to Scotch scrubby pads. Hope you enjoy, and all is well.     

 Tim + Mercedes

 


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