Ah, June… Summer is at our doorstep, the days are (almost all of them) seeming to get a little bit longer, and for the second year in a row I am partaking in my daily blogging exercise, marginally focused along a theme I’ve simply called Those 30 posts in June. No planning. No writing stuff days ahead. Just this: each day a meanderingly vague prompt drives a meanderingly vague post… and today that post just happens to be:
June 1st // Something You Have Decided
I’ve been deciding a lot of things lately, particularly with reference to filling this great big thing (we’re now all fairly familiar with) called ‘The Creative Fodder Gap‘ (the topic of the most-frequently-read post on this blog as I write this, actually.) It’s that sense that we can’t just stop creating things because we haven’t immediately received the results we’d expect: noteriety, recognition, publication, or whatever. That we need to create as a kind of never-ending practice for some future-state of skill and experience; That there is an inexperience gap to be filled with raw work. So, as it stands, I spend my time trying to clutter up my metaphorical gap with as much original content as I can reasonably generate, through opportunities created via life and work and all that oddly-consuming stuff in between, and hope that the hundreds and (gradually) thousands of hours I’ve spent writing words, crafting arts, snapping photos, and cluttering the net with the carefully freed digital flotsam of my mind will pay off with an ever-more crossable bridge in the great chasm between my desire to create and some actual skill in creating.
That’s what I’m doing here, or didn’t you know that?
As far as that little granule of motivation is concerned then, I’ll refer readers back to something they may already be intimately familiar with: pixelated. You know; That groovy daily photo project that as of TODAY has a mere three months remaining on its originally scheduled contract. That is correct: I am seventy-five percent complete, 274 images, nine-months worth of photos accumilated under my belt, and not much more overwhelmed by the experience than I was without it. In fact, once I got over the masterpiece-syndrome and allowed myself a fraction and percentage of just-plain-randomly-poor shots, the weight of the project has actually been minimal and has generated a girth of photos and a clout of experience with more volume than I’d ever anticipated.
I am a better photographer, all humility aside, from doing this.
Thus, it’s just this: I’ve decided to just keep it going. I mean… well… I’ve tossed around the idea for a few months now of, at the very least, tracking it through to the end of the calendar year so that not only do I have a full year of photos from start to finish, September to September, but a full 2012 year set, as well. But now… now I think I’m just going to keep at it until I have an actual reason to stop. I’m going to just keep taking photos and stuffing them into this real thing called the Internet and this metaphorical thing called my Creative Fodder Gap. And we’ll see what happens.