“Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter’s stomach, is an absolute.”
While there is an absolute to life and living, I think the real danger to it is in how we speak in absolutes. By definition, an absolute is, “that which exists without being dependent on anything else”, and since we are human, completely fallible, and have the most amazing capacity towards free will that I believe nothing is truly certain beyond life itself and the choices we make once they are set in motion.
Saying things like, “I would never…”, “It is always…”, “You have to do it this way only…”, and so on are detrimental to an artistic flow. It is like the gateway drug to negative internal monologues.
_Sometimes_ we break rules, AND occasionally we follow them in what we do because we have the choice to do so and make it an absolute in the world.
When working with my photography, coursework, or just tutorials I pick up on the internet, I learn new things and try to avoid saying things like, “I will never get this technique down” or “I only do things in one style”, because it puts me on a slippery slope.
Licensed counselor, Ugo Uche, says it best with:
“The problem with absolute thinking (from a psychological standpoint) is that it causes pain and suffering in the life of the person who adheres to an all-or-nothing attitude in any facet of his thought process. This is because the person is routinely exposed to contradictions to his beliefs, which creates a sense of threat to his world view.
The complexities of life are like fractions for the average fourth or fifth grader. The more odd numbers that exist in the equation, the more intimidating the problem becomes. The best remedy for habitual absolute thinking–especially when it comes to relating to others–is the practice of empathy.”
I think we have a tremendous depth to us, within our minds and our hearts, to see and process things in more than one way, and to become a versatile artist and designer, you have to embrace them all. Sure, you are going to gravitate towards things you like first, but eventually the challenge fades and new things, new technology, and new processes emerge. You want to stay competitive or unique with your style and brand so why close off avenues not yet explored?
My thoughts are like this:
Practice patience with yourself and as you learn, empathize with the thoughts and views of others, experiment with different styles and mediums, allow yourself to fudge up, dabble in new processes, try new things on occasion, and break yourself away from the absolutes that bog down the creativity within.
For this image, I did a few new things:
1. Processed my tones twice;
2. added text and graphics;
3. sharpened textures rather than smoothed them;
4. left image noise intact; and
5. did not create a glamour self portrait.
Oddly enough, I was inspired by a few ads with male models and rolled with that concept instead.
I hope you enjoy! ♥