“First we photograph things we know. And then we photograph things we interpret. And then we photograph things we reinterpret…”
When Chris said that, it left me wondering where I’m at in my creativity. In my editing, in my songwriting. Am I creating what I know? Am I writing what I interpret? What should and could I be reinterpreting?
I like this piece for many reasons. First, there’s some great food for thought here. I like that Chris is not some hipster-soho-photog-nyu-film-dropout cataloguing his incredible talent that he picked up with a combination of natural skills and YouTube tutorial. He’s a midwestern artist that fell into his art. Secondly, it’s shot well, the music bed is solid, and it tells a great story. And lastly, very quickly, it made me question my craft.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the body of creative work I’m building. I work in different mediums, and I’ve been thinking a lot about how to use what I know in one medium to better myself in the other. But Chris has some fantastic quotes in this piece. The idea of your creative memory, this sealed, seared-in instant recall that’s based on a simple sight or smell, and to capture it – am I creating art that creates or recalls those moments?
“All these landscapes and all these things are not all that exotic. We’ve seen them before – and we respond to them because of that.”