In my last post, Road Trippin, I shared an amazing day of driving (maybe my favorite activity on earth to do alone), making photos (right up there with driving), listening to the recently reinstated 40’s on 4 Sirius XM station, and consuming copious amounts of Dunkin Donuts coffee. That’s about as restorative as it gets for me, and it was so very welcomed after the past few months of work/house hunting/not sleeping/work/house hunting/not sleeping.
Ahhhh…if the days could all be like that, right? Restorative. Restful. Relaxing. But, if we have designs to be anything of reasonable quality, the days are more often constructive (as in being built into something new) at best and destructive at worst. They lack rest and cram 36 hours of life into 24…or 12. Anything but relaxing. There’s learning and practicing and failing and trying and falling and reaching and holding on…all just on the normal days. I suppose there wouldn’t be a need for restoration if it weren’t for all those other things.
Since Road Tripping, I’ve spent a number of hours on this website. The effort isn’t really visible, as it’s a lot of work on the print sales portion that’s not yet launched, but it’s there. The e-commerce plugins available on WordPress are the exact reasons I point my e-commerce clients to different platforms. On the surface it looks great. In reality, it’s a hair removal process.
I’ve spent a number of hours editing…or not editing. Learning to leave a great photo alone…or not. I do like the editing process as it helps me see what I might try next time or might have learned since last time. Still, when I come home with 1200 photos from a day of shooting…
I’ve had this discussion with my wife on several occasions. That the creative part of a creative job, at least when working for one’s self, is about 10% creative and 90% doing all the work required to get back to spending some time in the 10% zone again. Maybe that’s the cycle. Construction/destruction until we can’t take it, and then restoration. Maybe each time a little more construction stays and a little less destruction is necessary.
In pursuit of reasonable quality, good quality, and then excellence, we all have cycles like this and I think we all believe nobody else understands what we do in the 90% time. That’s probably why the “What My Friends Think I Do” memes swept across the web for a couple of years. I imagine you can find one for just about every occupation out there. In fact, I found about 40 different ones for photographers. There’s probably a bit of truth in each of the six panes. We’re all seen from different angles in life. Few get the whole picture…and that’s if we even ever get our own full picture. Still, there are the truths about what we do that end up in the lower right pane because only those who share that title with us will really get it
This week has been constructive/destructive as I work to build my business and my abilities. I’m glad there was a road trip just a week ago, and that there will be another on the journey. And I’m glad that what my friends think i do is definitely a part of the process.