C41 Process – Part 8
Again with the C41 Process, another few rolls and another collection that has a growth and evolution using me as a vessel to announce its existence. Many have written about the Muses and posit their existence, history and influence over humankind and again, I have been late to the party with my understanding of these ideas. I did have an overwhelming feeling of understanding and realisation when I read about Muses for the first time as it is my impression that at least the ‘instruction’ to frame up something and make a picture was something I had minimal control over. The idea of something ‘coming through’ made a great deal of sense to me and this was validating when I thought back to times when I have been asked “what do you take pictures of?” to respond with some ill-thought out response. This is because I feel as though I do not ‘have the wheel’ at times when I am making pictures and this feeling continues when editing/ culling/ choosing pictures to publish, print or share. A great deal of relief was felt when I no longer had to explain to myself or anyone else where it comes from, it being why I made this picture, chose that one and omitted that one.
I am still learning about my artistic practice and have taken a greater appreciation for words and the written word. Near three years ago I promised myself that I would read for at least ten minutes a day, not posts on websites but books or articles and I have really enjoyed and expanded that time spent reading over this time. I started keeping a diary which I have been writing in 20% of the days since I started almost a year ago and have integrated this into my practice. I believe it helps me articulate my ideas and thoughts because I am digesting well organised, edited thoughts and then putting this into personal practice by reflecting on my personal experience.
Why all the writing then? Perhaps it offers a window into my thought processes and where I am trying to go with my creations; and editing what I write, that is a whole new path I am yet to travel.