A few weeks ago I started musing about what really is a deep question: Why do artists create?
Here’s where I left off in case you didn’t read it:
The little, in theory at least, one continuous word tag that should just let more people see your work, your words, your images, your art has become, for me…and I suspect a few others, a master. [Talking about hashtags and there influence on creativity in our digital age]
As I sensed the influence of “influence” and how to gain it, which is part of why we use hashtags, it led me to question, why do we create at all?
If optimization and audience is so important, is the energy we expend making a photograph, writing an essay or capturing a moment in video really about creating, about exercising the part of our beautiful brains that was designed to create, designed to express and communicate in a way that fulfills that need and as I believe glorifies the ultimate Creator?
Or has optimization, audience, sphere of influence and it’s succinct little expression, #, hijacked our energy and fooled us into doing something for the sake of unfettered pride?
I hate it when a photograph I post on a network like Instagram is received by the proverbial crickets! Especially when I “did everything right.”
Come on, I took the photo in Vscocam and used the classic P2 preset and then I altered it in Skrwt and finally added pithy text with Over (which by the way, if you tag all three of those apps in your Instagram posts, your guaranteed photo hipster cred and more likes [said snarkily].
But wait a minute? Where’s the joy in creation when you have in mind a certain look and feel, a certain composition or you know when the optimal time of day to post it for maximum likes is?
Shouldn’t we use the precious time, that we in the developed world luxuriously possess (in the face of the majority of the rest of the world who doesn’t have that luxury) to, if we choose to use time to create and reflect God’s image, do so in a way that is for us? And not for the “audience?”
If this is true, I’ll use as many of the genius little tools at my disposal (of which Vscocam, Skrwt and Over certainly are) to craft things that I like, that are an honest expression of my memories and ideas and not what the crowd likes. But I don’t want my tools or my audience to get in the way of why and what I make.
The currency of audience and likes that our modern social networks have cultivated are suffocating many of us…and we don’t even know it.
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