“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.“
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. When I think I’m being entirely original that’s when my ego emerges and my work suffers. If I take note of my inspiration (creative theft), then my work is often more authentic. Thank you Jim Jarmusch and Jean-Luc Godard, “it’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to”. Indeed.
The first four images were shot in Rembrandt’s studio. When I travel the moments that stay with me are the details. I’ve trained my eye to look closer at things because looking too big can overwhelm my senses sometimes. The photos taken in Rembrandt’s studio were so remarkable to me because of the quality of light. No wonder he created the work he did, even on a grey day the north facing light was beyond stunning.
My thoughts are way too macro right now.
Today, I’m choosing to go micro in my thinking.
I believe my brain will thank me for the respite…even if it’s fleeting.
http://www.bevolo.com/ (light shop in the French Quarter)