Creative Space Project
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things” – Steve Jobs
I believe we all have creativity within us. What makes certain people seem more creative is that they’ve taken that talent and spent time working to improve it. Their success is that they’ve grown and worked at it longer.
Maybe the end goal is to make a living with that talent, or at least to use it to develop and progress in your life. Time is needed away from distracting influences to work on your art or artisanal skill. Time to create.
I’ve always held the belief that we’re not born artists or artisans. We become them through passion and dedication to the craft we need to complete a piece.
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” – Leo Burnett
The process of producing art, sculptures or pieces of custom furniture has always intrigued me more than the finished articles. I’m not an art aficionado or critic but have a good idea of what I like. What I love more, is hearing about the creative process a person goes through as they create.
Another fascinating aspect of this project is hearing about the personal journey each person has made to get to the point where they can create and sell pieces. Many have studied this passion their whole life; others have arrived late from careers they fell into after schooling. The journey to get to that point is the at the heart of the project.
The Creative Space
“To be creative, you must create a space for yourself where you can be undisturbed… separate from everyday concerns.” – John Cleese
The remit of the project is to spend a couple of hours with the artists in their studio or working space at home. This allows me the chance to capture an image of them working, creating or resting in that environment.
It’s not about taking a simple portrait of someone sitting in a chair or leaning up against a wall. It’s the wider angled, environment portrait that I’m after.
Below are a few images of artists, artisans, musicians and photographers at work. You can see the rest here: The Creative Space Project
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