Creativity Wish List

November 30th, 2009

This time of year always brings back memories of countless hours spent reading the Sears Wish Book during my much younger years.

It's been many years since the Sears Wish Book, so I decided to make a Creativity Wish List, from which will spring Creativity Goals and then Creativity Results.

  1. Work With Fun/Cool/Interesting People. This year, I've found a number of new-to-me creative folks online, reconnected with some people from the past, and been reminded of just how much I enjoy most of the people I am privileged to call clients. My Creativity Wish to find ways to connect with some of the new-to-me folks and discover ways to partner with them, as well as nurture and grow my existing fun/cool/interesting relationships. Life is too long to work with turkeys.
  2. More Photography. My son's senior project is based on photography and I'm really enjoying watching him and being inspired by what he sees through the lens with his new-to-the-camera eyes. He's helping me see new angles on the ordinary. Another photographic source of inspiration is photographer Chase Jarvis' book, The Best Camera Is The One That's With You. 
  3. Keep Learning. Since I'm so easily bored, I want to find one or two things to learn more about in the next year. At the top of that list right now, is photography and marketing.
  4. Network. If I want to work with fun/cool/interesting people, I have to meet them, and that means getting out of my office more. I've joined a local entrepreneur group and had my first "tweeting" (a meeting arranged from an initial conversation on Twitter). It's a start!
  5. Motivate Myself. There's been a number of times this past year (far too many) where I was in a weird and unmotivated creative space. I could usually get out of the funk if a fun project came along, but I want to be able to get out of that funk by myself. I'm going to work on developing new attitudes and habits to address this. 

What's on your Creativity Wish List?

586 vs. 56

October 30th, 2009

My son’s senior project is photography.

Once a week or so, we take a trip to find subject matter for him to shoot. This week’s trip was to the central branch of the Seattle Public Library. This building has lots of visual interest, to say the least, and I’ve been in it at shot it many times for my work with the SPL. 

But I was blessed to see it through new eyes this week. My son’s fresh eyes saw angles and perspectives that I’ve overlooked. He noticed everything from the blue emergency light in the parking garage, to the bolts holding the steel girders together, to a patron’s umbrella sitting on a table. So, I followed him and looked through my camera at what he was seeing. 

When we got home, he uploaded 586 photos to his computer. I uploaded 56. As I looked through his pictures, I realized that I was editing myself before I needed to – I wasn’t taking the “wonder if this might be cool?” shots. I was taking the “I know this should be pretty cool shots” and playing it safe. He was trying variations on a theme and experimenting. He was willing to take a bad shot and throw it away later. And in doing so, he took some pictures that blew me away. Here’s my four favorites from his shoot:





This experience reminded me that one of the best ways to be creatively refreshed is to be spend time around people who are fresh and energized about what they’re doing. It’s contagious!

P.S. Here’s my four favorite photos I took that day. FYI – I found most of these shots/angles by following after my son :-)