Saturday, October 29, 2005

Start where you are

I once had a student in a group who burst out petulantly 'I can't be a photographer because I can't afford to go to Egypt'. Actually it turned out that these were the least of his troubles. Recently I saw a Craig's list posting from the US a publisher wanting photographs of the very city this person did not think worthy enough to photograph.

Start where you are. If you are a photographer carry your camera with you at all times and film and take photos of your communte. Join together with other photographers around the world about their commute and you have a website, a book, or an exhibition in the making. If you are a writer take a pencil and some index cards you can write notes on and stuff into your pocket - writer Anne Lamott does this - as you go around your daily business. Feed your writer side by asking the people around you about their stories. Other people's stories feed your stories. I'm working at the moment in a situation I'd rather not be in but even I manage to send an email or phone someone at lunchtime to inch a project along day by day.

Start where you are - do not put off what you want to do by imagining some perfect set of circumstances where by if they existed you would magically become creative.

2 comments:

Judy H in NC said...

Thank you for this reminder. As a single mother of 2 teenage girls, I sometimes forget there will seldom be that "perfect" moment to be creative. So you do have to take a second here and a minute there and it does slowly all come together. But I do need reminding of this....as soon as I get my desk cleaned off!

naturallynice said...

Preach it sister!...

Hope you feel better soon.

Esther