In my last photo
Business Before Process?
When I first began a blog I focused on branding 100%. I created a consistent look that brought me followers, but after a while I realized it wasn’t what I really wanted to try. It became clear that I had a choice to either stay put and grow, or experiment and grow slowly.
I chose to experiment. At first it was only varying filters and playing with edits, but it gradually changed to a
And then I switched accounts and left it. Why? Because I knew it still wasn’t what I wanted. I recognized that the
Fast forward to now. Have you noticed how my images have started to take on
The Other Way Around
A couple of months ago I felt comfortable enough editing my images to begin branching into P
At first I created too fast. I used my old collage style, but stopped myself from using the images. When you create, you can try and try again, but inevitably you have to ask yourself, “What am I doing wrong?” or else repeat the same patterns of failure. Because I already went through a process of creating and ‘failure’ with a collage style, I approached my work differently and avoided the pitfalls.
My work is still in process. I’ll mess up, and there will be plenty of changes ahead, but I’ve got direction, and I’m willing to go slow. I have a few questions ahead of me, mostly related to how images accompany what I write. I’m willing to mess up, because it brings me to something more unique—something more of my voice in the creative sphere.
What’s Picasso got to do with it?
At this point you’re probably wondering, “That’s nice Mary, but what does this have to do with Picasso?”
Because Instagram (for better or worse) is so involved in the lives of ordinary people and occupational creators alike, I think it has hijacked some of our perspectives on creativity. The images we share can be curated, collected, and presented as a nice little 3 space grid. Just by the nature of Instagram’s design, the more consistent the image styling and editing, the more cohesive your work looks.
This can be wonderful as a challenge and to showcase a very specific look…but I often worry that people don’t change or experiment enough for fear of losing followers. As a result, they never diverge into their
Now enter Picasso. I think that most people will know of the painter Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de
He helped make the way for an art movement called C
But what happens if we look at Picasso’s works in chronological order, from his earliest days to the end of his career?
Even if you only look at the first ten paintings or so you will immediately notice the contrast between that and his later (and most famous) works. In fact, it takes several years before we begin to clearly observe the very iconic traits of Picasso. But even though that Picasso flare is evident, his work isn’t the same. He varies from identifiable images to heavily fractured scenes, to paintings that rather remind me of collages.
If these were fitted into Instagram today, how would it flow? Some parts would be consistent. Others would have people wondering just what Picasso was thinking (not that people don’t wonder that anyway). Regardless, Picasso’s style was unique, but he couldn’t have gotten there without the experimentation and the ability to break the mold.
Break the Mold
Is everyone stuck in the Instagram mold? No! Scroll through various accounts and you will find plenty of people who have developed their own flavor and voice. Tezza is a great example of someone whose feed had great
But these can feel like exceptions at times. There are many individuals I see who seem to have fallen into the cohesive trap. They have remarkable voices, and I can see unique elements come out in their work. Unfortunately, many seem to stick to that format, rather than branching out into where their work is leaning.
For some people, building a consistent brand image is important, and for what they are creating, it works for them. This isn’t a post for those people. This is a post for the people who want to try something new but are too afraid to take the leap. Who
If that’s you, today I’m encouraging you to break the mold. Try something new. Post something different. Ignore the numbers. Dream a little. Write out your idea creations in a notebook somewhere. Ask yourself what is keeping you from it? Make a plan, and even if you have to start in secret, start creating.
Humanity has been around quite a while, and we really have created many things, so I’m not saying you should strive to be original. What I am encouraging you to be, is to be you.
Learn to create in the way you were made to, and see where it takes you.