One Reply to “Mr. Rogers remix: Garden of Your Mind”

  1. Oliver, I’m sorry you feel that way. I think this video describes something missing in many photographers today, the concept of being able to come up with ideas, creative solutions, and innovations on your own without relying on someone else describing their process of doing things or on a program of push-button quick fixes. The condition we’re “suffering” from today is not new, though. Edward Weston and Ansel Adams complained about the overuse of technology as a replacement for creative thinking. Today, though, access to technology is easier and more widespread, leading to a greater number of “lazy” creatives who believe any old photo can be made better through the slathering on of a few filter effects or the movement of a couple control sliders.

    I have nothing against the use of digital technology, I use it myself. It’s the application without forethought that is the driver of my posting this video. Use the imagination. Man Ray said,

    “Of course, there will always be those who look only to technique, who ask ‘how?’, while others of a more curious nature will ask, ‘why?.’ Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”

    And Picasso – “All Children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he or she grows up.”

    All children are curious, and don’t have fear of the judgment of others, so they can come up with all kinds of fantastic things. That’s a freedom adults lose at some point. We’re conscious of the opinions of others and hold back, even suppress, any imaginative thoughts that we feel might be interpreted as silly or crazy or childish. I’ll end with two quotes from Albert Einstein:

    “If, at first, an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.”

    “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

    Be imaginative, my friend. Tend the Garden of your Mind.

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