YOU CANNOT FIGHT THE MIND
Friday, 7 August, 2012
As a general rule, landscape photographs grind me. I appreciate them, I feel for good ones but in the end it is just a beautiful image for beauty’s sake. They are so simple to generate and even the most two bit attempt at a photo of the sun easily pleases people. You can then imagine the torn struggle with myself then when I am driven to draw landscapes! I am truly hopeless at the thought of leaving it all for the most desolate of places so it doesn’t come of much surprise to myself that to be lost in a pencil drawing of a space gives me much the same mental reward as being there. These drawings have again (it seems to happen to me often) lead me to question the perceived value of art, objects and creations.
Whilst mulling over these thoughts a while back I was alert when I unknowingly started listening to a TED pod cast which addresses the perceived value of things, mainly art. Rather than regurgitate what I took in from that, I suggest having a listen for yourself. Look up the NPR: TED Radio hour podcast and the episode is called Our Buggy Brain. I would highly recommend if you haven’t listened to TED podcasts or watched their presentations on youtube to do so as soon as possible. They are addictive, informing and incredibly motivating.