Watch this Ted Talk…

The main idea of the talk is to challenge modern ideas of Creative Genius, where we attribute the individual with Genius. This in turn leads to many artists becoming manic alcoholics and killing themselves early in life. Elizabeth refers back to the ideas of ancients who regarded artistic creativity as a consequence of the person being visited by some external spirit. This belief allows the artist some freedom from the creative responsibility of the modern artist under our current philosophy.

I am wondering how this could relate to creativity in Photography? I used to write songs and remember thinking about how I felt the songs hadn’t come from inside of me but from some external source. It was similar to the poet’s extraction of poems from the ether. So now after some creative success, I am wondering how many sunsets, icicles, auroras and rainbows have been motivated in some part by this external artistic Genie.

Spikes on Earth

Is this the Genie at work? Shaping auroras because it knows I have my camera and I am quite handy with it. The Genie knows that I post online, so this was a great opportunity to “Get out there” (some 6,000 views on flickr).

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