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Taking off.

Getting ideas of the ground and into functional units of gainful productivity is a rather tedious process, littered with disappointment, learning curves, unlearning curves, courage and sugar coated with luck. Or none at all.

I understand that the inventor of the Bic pen had a journey of sorts before finally getting his pen into production. He was turned down at every turn, because since pens were elegant creations, creating disposable ones was like creating disposable Kruger-Rands (any takers...?). Somebody gave him a break - Parker tried to break his spirit - but I'm not sure who it was. The point is it took years to get his genius into the hands of stock takers, secretaries, MD's, children, waiters, petrol attendants, astronaughts (though it failed in space because it relies kinda heavily on gravity to function - hoorah to the Russians who decided to use pencils, rather than spend millions on researching new writing utensils like the Americans did), lawyers (imagine the amou…

Inspiration

It's something I've been thinking about lately... excellence and inspiration. I'm not the type of artist/creative that feels the need to EXPRESS myself per se. I find a lot of enjoyment in taking up an assignment and making the ordinary look extraordinary. I'm not a photographer who does a lot of abstract, creative, art photography. I don't know if it's that I lack something to say, but I seldom feel this urge, although I have felt it.

I've been thinking a lot about inspiration. I WANT to express myself a bit more. I fear that I might start losing the ambision to have an edge creatively. For that I need to do some more creative, off the cuff and spontaneous work - JUST FOR ME. Maybe that's the big problem here: my work as a commercial artist revolves around the client's brief and my interpretation. Maybe I just need to kick it once in a while, and not care one bit about what others will think.

I struggle to find things to photograph just for kicks. I…