Creativity & Good Taste
I blush to admit that I took a university course on art & aesthetics back in 2003 and didn’t really understand any 2 consecutive sentences presented. Most of the literature seemed to work on analogies, saying that ‘beauty’ was “the difference that made a difference”. Classmates nodded. I even found myself nodding while inside I figured that we all may as well be trying to paint the taste of apples on a canvas of boom. I still don’t understand art or creativity, but I have some wacky ideas about it. If it all sounds crazy, I apologize.
I think of creativity, art and good taste like this: Creativity is a sort of madness. Not a sort of madness actually–THE well-spring of madness. It’s the nothing, the dreaded and worshipped Great Void that so many philosophies and religions rap on about. Think about it like this: There are many possibilities. I could have had tea today instead of coffee. Bernie Sanders could have been elected instead of Trump. And so on. These possibilities seem to erupt out of nothing (the Great Void). Of the many things that could happen, some events actually go through the laborious process of actually happening. Things that have happened are no longer possible. They’re just actual. But further possibilities are all around us. It’s possible that an airplane flying overhead might have a malfunction and drop a cage full of penguins on my front lawn. The universe is busy dreaming up all sorts of possibilities because the universe is fundamentally creative. One of the universe’s most unlikely creations is the human brain, a grey spaghetti carried around by bones and skin that dreams about fame and fortune and worries about everything else. The human brain is also creative (not as creative as the universe, since it’s contained within the universe). Creativity, in terms of the human brain, is just the dragging up from the void of possibilities, which may or may not come to be. Art is the honouring of this creativity in some way or another (image, song, poem, theory, etc). Good taste is the curating of various arts. Selecting the gem from the garbage. Makes total sense, right?
Topher & Rae works, I think, because I’m fairly creative, and Rae has good taste. (Note: Rae is also really creative, and on a good hair day, I exhibit what may be deemed good taste).
That’s sort of how this engagement session worked. We were both creative (as were the couple being photographed). That’s not enough though. We created many different types of images during this session. Rae then curated a lot of the images, and worked on them. And the end product is one of my favourite collection of engagement photos we’ve done. Of course, it helped that the couple is adorable, the weather was perfect, and I tip my hat to Nikon for such great cameras.
A & S’s wedding will be posted soon! It’s just as unique, just as quirky, and a joy to see in photographs. It was a tiny, quick wedding in an undisclosed location over-looking Nova Scotian shoreline. *swoon*