You Can't Rush Art
September 03, 2014 • Leave a Comment
In the words of Geri the Cleaner from Toy Story 2:
"You can't rush art."
I've tried over the last several weeks to hurry through the post-production on a number of images from the Grand Canyon. I have a couple of blog posts written, waiting, begging me for finished images.
Two weeks ago, that resulted in me delaying a post. That's what I should have done last week as well.
Instead, I delivered a photo of the Grand Canyon that I didn't like. It's the last one in the post.
I should have known better. I did know better. I took two or three tries at it before posting the best one, but it wasn't my best. The colors weren't right. The lighting was off. The crop wasn't great. Over the last week I've revisited the post a number of times and each time thought to myself, "I just don't like what I did here. Why did I put that out there?"
The reason is as silly as it is simple. I rushed.
This week's tip: you can't rush art or inspiration.
As creatives, I recognize that we often become our own worst critics. We beat ourselves up over little things-- things no one else would ever notice. But what if that voice holds a grain of truth? If we only hear this critical voice, it can dishearten us, but if we take it in light of what we are ultimately trying to accomplish, it can push us to new heights.
I processed this photo yet again, really paying attention to what I wanted to see in it. Each time the critic showed up, I paid attention only long enough to discover what I needed to change and then move on.
The result is a photo with which I am much happier.
Grand Canyon Sunrise, Mather Point (reprocessed with Lightroom, Photoshop, and Perfect Effects 8)
Is it perfect? No.
Did I still rush it? A little.
Can I live with it now? Absolutely.
Thanks for looking,
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