A Year of new Projects, Ideas & Camping
After hosting World Photo Day Canberra in 2017, I had a few really big realisations and my creative brain started working on another level, coming up with ideas to make sense of them. Here’s what I realised:
- There’s a passion for photography in Canberra that wasn’t being celebrated
- There was little printing support in Canberra for photographers and artists
- There weren’t supportive, collaborative workspaces for digital creatives (Us creatives really do thrive around other creatives)
- There was a lack of local art in our spaces with either TV’s or “Ikea” art being the main centrepieces in our homes and offices.
Like most people, I often have great ideas, some that are probably more viable than others. But unlike most people, I’ll take the risk to give things a go, just to see what happens. And I do it with an outrageous amount of optimism; mixed with a fair share of determination!
Along with those realisations, came the challenge of understanding the why. Why were these things a problem from my viewpoint. Why hasn’t anyone else thought of these things? Why did I want to do something about it? Was it even possible?
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them – Michael Jordan
The kicker question? What would I need to do to make these ideas a reality?
A year of Camping: Moving into my car
In November last year, I did something a little outrageous, in preparation to realise some of these ideas. In my personal world, there were two main challenges that I needed to solve. A time-based one and a finance based one.
The result? I moved out of my apartment and into my car. Carrying my bed into my car, with my down doonas and sateen cotton sheets, I was on a mission to save on commute time and money on fuel, parking, rent and other bills.
Summer was great in the car, early mornings and warm nights… Now, Canberra winter has hit and I’m starting to wake up with windows that are frozen on both the inside and outside. It’s like a camping trip but I’m missing the fishing rod and surfboard.
Tacking my new projects
So the ideas that I had whirring around above turned into a few exciting new projects for me which I’ll share more about in later posts.
- Lucent Festival – A Canberra based photo festival focusing on using visual stories to inspire community.
- Lucent Imaging – A Canberra based imaging studio focused on museum quality fine-art, archival photographic printing and photo restoration services.
- Gallery Canberra – A local photo gallery that promotes the work of our local creatives, making local art accessible and affordable.
- A new creative co-working space to connect digital creatives
Sharing some of my ideas with local photographer, Ian Marshall, he quoted “The purpose of art is for people to participate” and I couldn’t agree more. With some feedback from Ian and Helen McFadden from the Canberra Photographic Society, I was encoraged that my ideas could be a go-er.
The purpose of art is for people to participate
Well, that’s the quick intro into 2018. More stories to come.
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