In my last post I mentioned that I’d stumbled across a couple of bloggers who were sharing inspiring creative challenges on their blogs. Finding blogs that are creatively inspiring seems to have been a bit of theme this last week or so, it feel as if I’m somehow being guided in an as yet unknown direction.
I’ve had this little niggling feeling that there’s something missing creatively for me at the moment and I’ve no idea what it might be. Maybe its a photographic project I’m meant to do, or perhaps something totally new, or maybe it’s just a slightly different way to engage with my blog. I don’t what it is but I just know that there’s something waiting! Does that even make sense to anyone other than myself? Please let me know if it does!
Anyway, moving on to the second inspiring creative blog I’ve just discovered – A Playful Day. I’d stumbled across this podcast and loved the idea that Kate would be setting a creativity challenge. I’m not sure how many I’ll be able to join in (especially if there’s knitting involved) but this first one posed the question “What Does Making Mean To You” and I have to admit its certainly got me thinking, a lot!
Firstly I’ll admit that not everyone will see photography as “making” after all it doesn’t always have a physical end result even though photographers often talk about making an image rather than taking one. It’s all to easy to slip into well used clichés when talking about photography, capturing moments, treasuring memories, after all that is effectively what we are doing. But to me photography is something much deeper than capturing moments.
Discovering photography for me meant learning to see, learning to see all those little things that go largely unnoticed. It might be just the way the light streams through a window, or a fleeting shadow cast by the sun, or a leaf that’s suddenly in a little pool of sunshine. Or it might be something equally fleeting but more special, that perfect split second when a parent is totally lost in the moment with their child, that moment an owner looks at their horse and you just know how much they mean to them, or the innocence of a child lost in the world of make believe. But then it’s more than seeing, because these moments, once seen, are so easily forgotten so photography for me is also about saving these moments, telling stories of these moments in a style that’s all our own.
So, what does “making” mean to me?
Very simply, it means seeing and remembering.
Thank you Kate for giving me the encouragement to take the time to stop and think x