Creative rambling

I feel as though every time I’m blogging here, I have to apologise for not blogging here sooner. Or more regularly. I shouldn’t feel like this though because this platform (as big as its gotten in my head) is only a very tiny space on the vast internet so I’m only writing to a a very minuscule set of people. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the audience I’ve built up, though. Anyway…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about art, creativity and new media. Is art only “art” when someone else sees it? Is it an intangible thing unless it’s seen by eyes other than your own? Is an artwork a conversation between the artist and the audience?
Is creativity as we see it a finite resource? Can you “run out” of creativity? Can you hone your creativity? What do you have to do to keep inspiration flowing?
These are the kinds of questions that I mull over because, if creativity really is finite and needs to be continuously honed and sharpened, what happens if I run out of creativity? What happens if I don’t create for a long time? Do I cease to be creative?

Is the creative process linear? As in A -> B, where B is creativity? Or can you have non-linear creativity? As in, A -> B, where B is two different outcomes. Is creativity cyclical? What does this creative process look like? Are there certain things you can do to become more creative; to increase and hone your creativity?  If you do X, Y, Z, are you creative?

My own “creative process” (even though I don’t know if this process is linear, non-linear or even cyclical), I write down ideas in a Moleskine notebook and make a mind map of all the different things I could do with this idea (if you want me to write a more in-depth post about my creative process, just say); I gather images and references from the internet and magazines and make a moodboard. After this, I make a list of the key images I want to capture and look at how I want the model to look (makeup, clothes etc). I think organise an MUA and an assistant as needed and I’m ready to shoot.

How are you creative? Do you think creativity can be sharpened?

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Thursday post series #6: updates

So this week has been hella busy, I’m interning two days a week at The Picture Rooms, learning about marketing, social media and studio photography. I was given media marketing notes from one of the girls who works there (her BA Journalism notes but they’re good for our business!). I need to read them and see if they’re going to be any good, hopefully they can help.
Tomorrow, we’re starting principal photography on our documentary with Aisling Conlan. We were supposed to shoot today but that fell through, we’re shooting tomorrow and Sunday instead. This campaign is going to be so good, I’m really excited to start filming and working on it. Aisling lives in one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country (her house is literally on the edge of cliff!) and that view to the fact that she is genuinely the most humble person I know and you’ve got yourself a good documentary interview!

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Thursday post series #5:updates

I’ve just come back from consulting with Irish canoe slalom athlete, Aisling Conlan. We are now in pre-production for a documentary video we’re shooting with her next week. I’ve known Aisling since I was 14 so getting her to talk and give us what we want won’t be hard! We’re going to forgo the traditional route of most videos about kayakers and let her tell her story: she has a really interesting background and we want to showcase that. While she was growing up, things were hard, but she’s come through that to become who she is now. She’\s come through adversity and is now one of the top elite canoe slalomers in the world. And she’s totally humble about it to boot! We’re going to shoot some footage of her kayaking and then film an interview with her in her house so we can have some variety in the shots. We’re also going to shoot some photographs of her and a video portrait. So we can showcase her and showcase what we can do, that we’re not one-dimensional.
This should be great, we’re getting so many ideas for it already. The finished video itself will be on our Vimeo page within the next few weeks so I’ll let you know when it goes up!

Have you ever seen any documentaries on sports-people? What did you think?

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