Inspired by an upcoming song of mine. This piece explores the feeling of moving towards an unclear direction. There is darkness around but the breeze brings hope, at least a reason to keep moving.
“I brand my work, not myself.”
The pieces I create have goals. They are based on concepts and messages to communicate.
As a human being, I can’t limit myself to a tag. I am a musician, a composer, a songwriter, a producer, and the list goes on and on. I’m even an artist, a teacher, a designer, and so much more, too. I am everything and nothing at the same time.
Of course some labels summarize it better than others but I don’t have to limit myself to a label. I enjoy exploring and expanding my skills. I want to allow myself to grow. I need to free myself as much as possible. That’s how I stay creative and alive.
The pieces I create are clearly labelled and express precise emotions. They can be analysed, categorised, and that’s more than fine. It is one way to reach and connect with others. On the contrary, I cannot put myself in a single drawer. This would be suffocating, limiting, and would slowly kill me.
In our busy lives, we often forget to make time for fun. The intensity of our modern lifestyles leads us to do everything in a serious manner.
When I take pictures, I don’t want to rush it. I don’t look for a meaning. I don’t want to know what it will become. I do it because it helps me disconnect from my worries, and connect with the moment. I do it because I love seeing the beautiful images coming out of the process. I do it because I like seeing people’s imagination at work when they are exposed to my work. I do it because it brings me pleasure. There are enough worries in life already. I don’t need to add more pressure to my daily life. I don’t intend for viewers to torment themselves, when viewing my work. I am presenting slices of events, so the viewer can, hopefully, travel in their minds, for a brief moment.
I enjoy walking around with my camera and capturing details of my surroundings; things that we may not notice during our daily routines. I dive in and get lost in time. The deeper I get, the more discoveries I make. It’s somehow pretty similar to meditation. By slowing down, I’m taking time to breathe and observe the beauty of the moment, I forget about everything and quietly enjoy the state of mind. This work studies the emotions felt in these precise moments.
The simplicity of the visual brings quietness and peace of mind.
I read something amazing from my favourite author: Thich Nhat Hanh.
He uses gas and electricity to represent the general knowledge.
We know enough about both sources of energy to use them regularly and not be afraid. At the same time we know about the danger. Yet, we still use both. Same should apply to life and our careers.
I believe in learning and knowledge, that’s one of the reasons why I work as a college instructor. I agree with Thai though, that some of the information available to us, is overwhelming and not necessary.
We do not need to know everything about our trade, in order to proceed. So much info is enough to scare us and limit our potential.