Another tdc: #613

Second TDC in a week! It feels good to be doing them again, making time in my brain to look and think about how I might approach a creative challenge.  The two things I always keep in mind when doing them are:

  • Come up with an idea, then dismiss it and think beyond it. I’ve always taken to heart the TDC suggestion that often your first instinct may not be your best work. And I’ve found it to be true time and time again.
  • Remember they’re only supposed to take 15-20 mins, and involve minimal editing. I find this liberating, because it means you can let go of the pressure of creating perfection, and just create. Just make art, dammit. Not high art, just art. And art is simply a form of expression. It ain’t a competition.

So…today’s daily create:

Take a photo that represents the TDC idea of regular exercises of creativity

The photo that the brief refers to is so brilliant that it takes away the temptation to even try and match it. But it did get me visualising scenes of tai-chi at dawn in a beautiful green park. I thought about taking a photo of that. But, although we do have quite a lovely park nearby, no-one does tai chi there. Actually thinking about it now, there may be a couple of people who do, but it was already past dawn. And I wasn’t about to head over there in my PJs.

I was up with my just-turned-3-year-old, and watching him, realised I had the perfect subject. He has been my muse for these daily creates, and I often involve him in doing them with me. Just cos it’s fun. I thought about how I could integrate him into the themes of exercise and creativity. I thought about taking a pic of him doing a ‘stunt jump’ (the jumps does when he ‘practices’ doing skateboard stunts….p.s. there’s a skate ramp at our local park: enough said!).

But then, he started playing with lego. And I started taking some snaps of him doing that. And then I made the connection: for kids, playing is often, creating. And, they play, daily.  So, here ’tis:

Daily creating_sm

Daily creating

After I took this one (above) and looked at it, I noticed a couple of other things that, purely accidentally, fit quite nicely with the theme: the train ticket (for my daily journey to work), and the bag on the chair in the background, with a slogan which reads: “because even the little things can make a difference” (cf. tdc: a little thing that can make a difference to your creativity). The serentipidous connections are always the best.

Daily play_sm

Daily playing

On the down side, I still haven’t written up my MA research proposal. Yikes. I really am using tdc as a form of procrastination…

Well, at least it’s artistic procrastination. And it’s gotta be a helluva lot more fun than cleaning the bathroom to procrastinate, right?

‘Procrastinating’…with DS106 tdc611

I have many many half started, half finished blog posts – possibly close to 10. I think it’s because I have a lot of ideas about what I’d like to write about, start, then never finish. Posts always seem so clear in my head, but when I get down to writing them it takes a lot longer than I anticipate to construct them into a complete and coherent structure.

But perhaps I’m trying too hard. The original intent of this blog was a space for reflection, which means semi-coherent-stream-of-consciousness-thoughts-in-progress are acceptable. So, inspired by Julian Stodd’s post on the reason for reflection I’m abandoning / ‘procrastinating’ my intended post for something fun and lighthearted: a DS106 daily create (tdc611):

Create an interesting high contrast black and white image of an easily overlooked object.

Oft Overlooked Car

One of the dozens of small cars that may be found in every nook and cranny of the house. The one he wants is, of course, the one that can never be found.

Looking at the example from the original brief, I know mine isn’t *quite* right; it’s not high contrast enough – those cars should be less grey and more black or white. Probably because they weren’t sufficiently monotone in the original pic. It’s possibly something I could fix with more editing but I didn’t really want to spend all night on it (tdcs are supposed to be 15 minute challenges after all…!). Regardless, it’s good to get back into daily creates after not having looked at one for a few weeks. I’ll be trying to get back to at least 1 or 2 a week. The challenge is making space and time for everything I’d like to do, without total chaos descending. That’s still a work in progress.