How The Creative Process Works
“NET-York” City – The Image – How The Creative Process Works
Brooklyn Bridge looking over Manhattan – you can see the 8 Spruce Street Frank Gehry building being built in the distance.
An older image that I haven’t posted publicly yet (except for the book From Basics to Fine Art) and that I felt today that it was time for it to see the light of day.
HOW THE CREATIVE PROCESS WORKS
I was wondering how the creative process works in different artists and if each one of us has a special ritual when creating fine art images.
For me leaving an image rest before releasing it into the world is a common case. I do this with quite a few of my images. I keep them for myself for a while. It might seem a bit selfish to do this, but for me, it’s part of the creative process I go through when working on my images, an intrinsic part of the creation of a photograph, and in some cases, it might take years till an image is ready to be seen. Some will never be seen, probably. I don’t know what I will do with an image when I finish it. Or rather, I consider an image finished the moment it is ready to leave me. It can stay on my hard disk finished for a long time before anyone else sees it. Why? It’s part of the creative process, part of the “ritual” I go through when creating my fine art photographs.
Creation needs time, it needs to be lived, it needs to be for myself first and then for other eyes. I need to live with my images before I show them to the world.
This image made me think about different things over time. It is a multiple metaphor for me. It makes me think about the force of dreams, but also about the force of constraints that rule our lives, it makes me think about different worlds that are coexisting but don’t touch, about imagination that transcends any obstacle, and it makes me think about the world we live in, the networking world and its huge benefits but also its limitations. A whole world living in the inter-space between reality and science-fiction… we are here now that you are looking at this photo…
Shot in 2009 with a Sony Cyber-shot DCS-H5, a bridge camera I used in the past when traveling.
If you’re wondering, my next image will come soon and it will be from Chicago, a new piece in my Fluid Time tilt-shift blur series.
And because I was just listening to this Leonard Cohen song, and it’s happening in NYC … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx83eIVkKyo
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