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30 days of photos because “creativity is a habit not a talent”

Submitted by on October 30, 2013 – 5:08 pm 2 Comments
Is this filtering gone too far? What it is though, is a hard working man nestled amongst the fruits of his toils….well Kale and chopped wood that is….

Is this filtering gone too far? What it is though, is a hard working man nestled amongst the fruits of his toils….well Kale and chopped wood that is….Simon Williams

Wanaka based photographer Simon Williams explains his reasons for taking up the challenge of sharing one image per day with the world on tumblr.com.   For him, it’s about “being part of a growing creative community.”

I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks. I saw a post on Facebook that intrigued and excited me. Sam Rye is someone who I admire. I like the way his brain works. I like the projects he is involved with.

One Thursday afternoon he proposed a challenge. 30 days. One photo per day. The point: creativity is a habit not a talent.
This rang true with me. A spark was ignited. There is a very important part of my life which requires me to be creative. I slip into comfort zones. This isn’t good for a truly creative outcome, two weeks ago I was entrenched in a comfort zone. I was looking for something, I wasn’t entirely sure what it was. The voice inside my head told me this challenge would help my skills blossom. It is spring after all. We should prepare for the year ahead.
So far, I’m loving it. I’m pushing my own personal boundaries. Some days I have more than one image. You’re not allowed to save them

I’m working on a project for work which Tim has rather kindly been helping me sort out this afternoon….He’s a major driving force behind the Wanaka Timebank and The Upper Clutha Trading post. If you’re living or hanging out in Wanaka for a wee while, you should check out both of these awesome initiatives.

I’m working on a project for work which Tim has rather kindly been helping me sort out this afternoon….He’s a major driving force behind the Wanaka Timebank and The Upper Clutha Trading post. If you’re living or hanging out in Wanaka for a wee while, you should check out both of these awesome initiatives. Simon Williams

up. I love that. The image you submit has to be captured that day. The feelings and emotions you have from your daily life are embedded within that image. To me….that’s very exciting.

Anyone can be involved. It’s not about how good you are. It’s about being part of a growing creative community. It’s a little like riding a mountain bike. It’s irrelevant how fast you are, it’s all about who has the largest smile on their face when they get to the bottom. Pushing yourself within your own realms. Knowing that you have support and a crew to gather with at the end of every day.
The support is amazing. People are talking about my images so favourably, that’s a real boost to me. Previous strangers are becoming friends. Surprise messages, subsequent exchanges of excitement and skill swapping. These are the activities and moments I want more of in my life.
After all this rain, it was such a pleasant surprise to find sunshine washing photons all over the sodden mountain sides. I always say I'm going to, but to be honest, I hardly ever, yet this morning I jumped in the car and drove down to the lake. An early morning photon capturing mission. Camera in hand. I'd seen Mount Roy from the kitchen window and I knew it was looking splendid. I really didn't expect Bremner bay to be quite so still.... I noticed that I was being reminded of a biscuit tin lid. An old one. A Swiss Alp scene perhaps, left in the cupboard a little too long, the biscuits long gone, a few keep sakes stashed away for a surprise finding many moons later. The style I've developed this week has been fun, yet I'm being drawn towards it more and more. It's becoming easy. Not so satisfying. I think I need to step away for a while. Who knows what #day9 will bring..... Simon Williams

After all this rain, it was such a pleasant surprise to find sunshine washing photons all over the sodden mountain sides. I always say I’m going to, but to be honest, I hardly ever, yet this morning I jumped in the car and drove down to the lake. An early morning photon capturing mission. Camera in hand. I’d seen Mount Roy from the kitchen window and I knew it was looking splendid. I really didn’t expect Bremner bay to be quite so still….
I noticed that I was being reminded of a biscuit tin lid. An old one. A Swiss Alp scene perhaps, left in the cupboard a little too long, the biscuits long gone, a few keep sakes stashed away for a surprise finding many moons later.
The style I’ve developed this week has been fun, yet I’m being drawn towards it more and more. It’s becoming easy. Not so satisfying. I think I need to step away for a while. Who knows what #day9 will bring….. Simon Williams

30daysofphotography.tumblr.com is where it’s happening. Coming together has never been so easy. I’m a firm believer that images and design can drive social change. An honest, deep rooted, sustainable change. This a perfect way to practice, increase our skills and come together. Do you have time for this? Possibly not. Should that stop you, hell no!

 


Simon Williams

Education for Sustainability Facilitator & Educator / Graphic Designer / Photographer – Wanaka Wastebusters
http://www.wanakawastebusters.co.nz/at-school/

 

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  • Fe says:

    love this, it’s so true that creativity is a HABIT! Great to see such a project and I especially loved the night sky photos when I went to the tumblr site… THANKS all round!

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  • Sam Rye says:

    Thanks a million Charlotte & Happyzine crew for featuring and sharing the word about the project! It really started as a “just want to nurture a little of my own creativity” idea, and delighted to have some friends and new friends along for the ride!

    If anyone else wants to join us for the remaining days, or start their own 30 day challenge with a few friends – just hop on over to the site and take a look around, or head straight to http://30daysofphotography.tumblr.com/getinvolved

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