Whiskey Day published a great blog post yesterday questioning the impact of our inspiration-saturated lives on creativity. She wrote about childhood memories of how her mom, a successful artist, "would stop in the middle of a parking lot and wonder at the pattern of the water on the pavement."
These days, inspiration is less likely to come from our still, small voice than from the cacophonous deluge of other people's work on Tumblr, Pinterest or Flickr. As she wrote,
"We are spread so thin, and across so many mediums; our ideas and creativity are diluted."
I recently decided to try something different and bring my new 'big idea" to life through what will end up being a multi-month project using the physical world instead of the virtual world as the primary medium. Instead of relying on virtual sets, I'm in the process of constructing a series of physical dioramas that I'll use to create images, comics and videos.
I'm still in a very exploratory phase. The image above started as a photo I took of an HO scale building (I put together with glue!) and a Godzilla action figure. Although special effects were created on an iPad, my plan is to use as many practical (versus digital) effects as possible in the actual project.
Now if I can just overcome my inspiration addiction and stay focused!