Here’s a snippet of an article I came across yesterday in a cafe magazine:
The artist is photographer Bruce Connew, the subject is his process for putting together his latest collection of images.
Bruce’s process reads as gradual, logical, methodical – a measured progressive system:
- amass the many potential elements
- edit and refine
- sequence and fine tune
- hand over to the next person in the process for finishing
In contrast, here’s the best image I have come across to illustrate my process:
Maze, by Joe Read, c2012
When I am working on a project I experience my own process as a blind, chaotic yomp through hostile territory. Every day I work to make progress. My mind writhes and races:
- read this, no read this
I thrash and wrangle and then try sitting peacefully, yet nothing builds, things don’t amass. Ideas soar for a day then shrivel and die and I wake again to tumbleweed. Here’s a recent update to Liesbeth:
I am struggling at the moment to solidify a vision of what we should present at the Objectspace show. I can have an oblique view of a promising picture when looking elsewhere but it swims away when I try to pin it down. Very frustrating. It will come. I am hoping for ephemeral, want to avoid heavy-handed. But still want to give a feast to the viewers. And a participatory experience, rather than just a view…
This morning on my run, ideas that seemed significant kept coming to me. So as not to lose them I emailed them to myself before running on. This is my inbox now:
Perhaps this means I am getting closer.
To try to force the issue I have committed to three conversations/crit sessions with jeweller/artist friends who know my practice and will talk straight; it’s important not to waste the time of these people, so I must go and prepare.
Meanwhile, on a lighter note, here’s the view from the top of Mount Vic this morning – literally the high point of my day:
Not too shabby eh.