Introducing: Vimeo Finds – The Light and the Little Girl

“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close

Yes, I agree. Sitting around waiting to be inspired will result in you sitting around doing nothing for a long time. I had a professor tell my screenwriting class that creativity does not happen in a vacuum. He also told me I should never write, and other professors in LA told me otherwise.

But I digress.

Though one should not wait for inspiration/motivation/[insert other things we wait to happen], it might not hurt to look somewhere for a nice little nudge in the right direction.

For me, one of these sources is Vimeo. Its a video hosting site for the more creatively inclined. Leaning more towards the cinema side of the image, it is a great place to find what different creative people are doing. The trick is not to compare one’s self or work to these people, but to learn from them. I have a lot to learn, and I hope to be able to improve, as do all creative types.

This is a charming little film about a girl trying to capture the light coming though the window. While it is not a outstanding story, it is an interesting perspective through the world of a child. And as the little girl cannot bottle up the light to keep in a bottle, we as artists cannot capture and bottle inspiration. Sure, just like a lightbulb is continual man made light, you can find websites devoted to creative inspiration. But is it really the same? Is the light from a CLF bulb the same as the light and warmth of the sun shining through the window? Of course it isn’t. So where does inspiration come from? I think that depends on the person.

As a man made light cannot truly replace the sun, reading about creative inspiration will not create true inspiration. What inspires one painter, or photographer, or whatever will not necessarily you. Or if it does, it will not inspire you in the same way.

As the little girl in the film discovered, natural light cannot be captured and kept despite her best efforts. Yet she discovers that even though she cannot keep the light from fading, it will return. It might not always be in the same place, but it will return. Genuine creativity is very much the same. As awesome as it would be to bottle up natural creative inspiration to use whenever, it will appear and vanish in a similar manner as the light.

But do you give up when the light coming though the window is gone? Does it mean you have lost that creative spark? No. Like the beams of light shining through the window, creativity has it’s own natural cycle. And creativity is sparked by the world around us.

I think that is where I currently struggle. I am not working, I don’t get to see my friends often, so I feel my creativity has dried up. I don’t feel inspired. The key word here being “feel”. Even our creativity is motivated by emotion. As much as that can enhance, it can also hinder. Instead draw inspiration from the world around you, even if your tiny little world is a very limited one. If the world was created by something bigger and infinite more creative than us, then inspiration should not be that hard if you know where to look. Sometimes, all you have to do is look within to find it.

It is pretty clear I am talking about God in those last few sentences. I mean the God of the Holy Bible. If this world was created by God, then how do we tap into even the smallest fraction of that creativity? That is what inspires me. And how it inspires me is going to be different than others in the faith. I think that is a different post for another time.

So what drives you to create (or do whatever it is that you do)? Why? How?

Those last two questions are ones I am still trying to answer.

Re-Evaluate

Things have not gone according to plan.

Not that I had much of a plan. But what little plan I had, little has gone by said plan.

Quick rundown: Apply to places, follow up if I can. Got one job, it was bad. Looked for more jobs. Nothing weeks later. Feel like crap. Apply to low-end retail jobs, get rejected by some of those. Follow up with two places monday.

Not the a good place to be for anyone.

I would be worse of back in Indiana. Living with parents and not having a regular group of friends is not an ideal situation.

A few people suggested I start my own LLC. Um, what? Not that I can’t do it, but I have no idea how to attract customers. Sure, I am handy with a camera, but i have no idea how to market that skill to clients.

After I thought about it, i realized there might be something in that. A lot of what i read about starting a photo/media biz is that you have to have a good business sense. Most photographers lack that. We just want to take pretty pictures. Its all about being able to market yourself in a field that is over saturated. Most of these businesses will fade away due to lack of business model and marketing.

So while I still look for employment of some kind, I am starting to work on both of those things. The business model won’t be hard. It is simpler than people think. It is the marketing I have an issue at. I am trying to learn about this whole getting noticed by people thing.

Truth be told, this blog is part of that. I want to experiment with that a bit before trying to launch HW Media (it sounds much better than Stephan Hughes Photography and whatever else it would be called).

So thank you for joining this grand experiment of mine. I want to make this more than just random thoughts, but that will be there too. More frequent posts would be nice. I am still working on the design of the blog, so please check back for updates.

A Fresh Start

I felt it was time to make something separate from my Blogger account. I forgot I even had this account at all. I needed it for some DMA classes back in the day at Huntington University. After that, it just fell to the wayside.

So that’s what, 3 blogs now? (2 blogger, one wordpress)

Yes, and I am very horrible at it. I want to do something different with this one. My primary one, stephanhughes.blogspot.com, which is just random stuff to be honest. And then there is my travel one, Stephan’s Traveling Camera, which hasn’t been updated for a while since I am stateside.

The question right now is what do i do with these? I feel that it is necessary to have them, and it is kind of cool having multiple. Different blogs for different things.

But the question remains, what to do? I feel that i need a fresh start with the original. Its become its one things, just a string of random thought and it is difficult to make it anything else. That and the blogger platform feels very stale at the moment. I don’t think Google has updated it in a while. Their biggest focus is G+ and integrating everything into that G+ platform.

So why not try my hand at WordPress again? With a username like TheKiltedArtist, i have not idea what I am going to do with this one. Haha. I love photography and video production, but i think i want it to be something more. Sure there will be some of that, but i want it to be so much more than that. I am much more than that, even though it is a big part of who I am. Something other than random posts would be nice. We’ll see.

I have also started using my twitter account again (@platypus_avengr), and you should also check out my Vimeo and Flickr pages as well.

 

And yes, I do wear a kilt some times. It is so awesome and manly.