No More Apologies

I am an authentically creative person.
Just ask my friends.
I see, express, and think differently than most others around me.

My 9-5 world is all business and serious.
Just ask my colleagues.
We work to create business solutions despite the obstacles of a repressive culture.

I spend my day balancing between these two selves.
If I lean too far right, I suffocate and become cynical.
If I lean too far left, my work is not understood.

I live to create.
I can create business solutions or I can create story images.
But I must create.

Sometimes I am apologetic for my creative self.
Sometimes I feel failure in not having become all serious, grown-up, and business-like.

This must stop.

This is the 9-5 dogma.
This is not my authentic self.

My creativity is my key to my success.
My creativity allows me to solve problems that others can’t.
When I am creative my spirit soars, when I am not my spirit plummets.

Creativity is the conjunction of the words create and activity.
The opposite of create is to destroy.
Does this mean that the opposite of creativity is destructivity?

Yes, I must be serious about my creativity.
It is life-or-death for my soul.

There are no more apologies.
There is only one self.

Create: produce, generate, build, construct, shape, form, forge, result in, cause, produce, foster, sow the seeds of, contribute to, establish, found, initiate, institute, constitute, inaugurate, launch, set up, form, organize, develop.

Creativity: inventiveness, imagination, innovation, innovativeness, originality, individuality; artistry, inspiration, vision; enterprise, initiative, resourcefulness.

Serious: solemn, earnest, grave, somber, sober, unsmiling, poker-faced, stern, grim, dour, humorless, stony-faced; thoughtful, preoccupied, pensive.

Destroy: wreck, ruin, spoil, disrupt, undo, upset, put an end to, put a stop to, terminate, frustrate, blight, crush, quash, dash, scotch; devastate, demolish, scuttle, sabotage.

Destructive: devastating, ruinous, disastrous, catastrophic, calamitous, cataclysmic; harmful, damaging, detrimental, deleterious, injurious, crippling; violent, savage, fierce, brutal, deadly, lethal.

Children at Play

Children at Play, originally uploaded by I Nancy.

I’ve been taking panos on the iPhone all month, mostly stitching them directly on the phone using Autostitch. I’ve been working especially on panos containing people because I think it is kind of unique. People move, you need to be careful. But if you get your seams right, then you can capture a scene that didn’t take place.

This is 4 vertical images taken on the iPhone and stitched together in Photomerge from Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac version). There is almost no other editing except a bit of color balance adjustment (i like my images a bit warmer).

I am continually amazed by the iPhone image quality. I can’t even enter this in my favorite low-res group on Flickr. They would just kick it out.

Cheap Date

I’ve certainly been lax at describing what I’ve been up to lately. I hope to remedy that with the installation of the WordPress app on my iPhone.

It has been 9 weeks since my shoulder surgery and during this time I have purchased an iPhone and have refallen in love with taking its 3-MP camera. What makes the iPhone such a great device is that you can take the pic, edit the pic, and publish the pic all from the phone.

In confluence with my purchase came the TO Photo Club’s next composition assignment is panorama crop images. Here are a couple of images which I took and stitched on the iPhone, though I later did the final processing in Lightroom. Not one to do something simple, my pano not only include people, they include moving people. I find the mediocre stitching and ghosting an interesting artifact. Probably something like CS4 could stitch them together better, but who would use CS4 on an iPhone pic?

The View
The view