I shot this photo of the bracelets at Champlain Leather in Burlington, Vermont yesterday. For some reason after I downloaded the photo I kept thinking about the image and I kept seeing the photo (in my mind’s eye) turning into something else. Well, at midnight I finally got the chance to see create what I was seeing in my head. Funny, how a rather ordinary picture of leather bracelets can end up looking like an art deco print. I love what the American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch says that French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard said, “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” Ain’t that the truth.
Here is the Jim Jarmusch quote in its entirety.
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”