I used to think of myself as an artist and musician. I had studied art in university for a while and occasionally do freelance photography and graphic design projects. I’ve also played in several bands and have been writing and recording music since I first got my hands on my father’s state-of-the-art 4-track in the late 80’s.
I’ve shared much of this work on my old website, millimedia.com. This domain and most of its content has now disappeared into the ether. Maybe it’s that I got too busy to keep up with hand-coding photo galleries and textpattern plugins, or maybe it’s that things like Facebook, despite their creative limitations, have become “good enough”.
In a sense, that’s too bad, because it further blurs the lines between creativity and mindless life-broadcasting. In other words, it doesn’t take much of a commitment to put every nascent idea or doodle online.[quote]Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – attributed to Henri Cartier-Bresson.[/quote]
I don’t think Henri had considered digital when he said that. I can now take 10,000 photos in a few days. Without sounding like too much of a traditionalist – it’s just too easy to create and share junk that lacks intent or beauty. And whatever happened to practice?
So I guess the point of the above is to provide a context and inspiration to myself: creativity is worth pursing with intent and dedication rather than merely a casual interest. Hopefully this section of my website will grow to demonstrate this understanding.