The Owlet - Looking at Creativity
Greetings from Sonipat, Haryana !
This week, I want to discuss a topic that fires me up—Creativity!
Now, creativity is a highly contentious topic nowadays. Where does it stem from? What does it constitute? Can it be quantified? Many questions remain unanswered.
The question I want to focus on is how creativity is related to originality. Are they two opposite constructs? Do they have no connection with one another?
I argue that they do. I say that creative originality is achieved by first copying others.
Counterintuitive, I know.
In any creative pursuit, one develops their own style by first copying the work of others. We learn by imitation. When we replicate another’s work, not only do we hone our skills, we realise what we resonate with. Thus, we gain a clearer picture of our style. This is the basic premise of my article - Creativity vs Originality.
Do you agree or not? What are your thoughts? Let me know by replying to this email!
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I was walking early one morning in Alappuzha when, across the canal, I saw this pink house. I thought, “if a cycle passed before it, it would make an interesting composition”. And so I found a rock to seat myself, and I lay there for an hour, waiting for the right subject to come around.
During that time, I photographed 2-3 cyclists with that backdrop. But something wasn’t clicking. I decided to wait as long as possible until the right subject passed.
Then, out of my left eye, I saw a cycle rickshaw approaching. To my delight, I saw that he was wearing a pink shirt —just what I needed to complete the composition! So, when he reached the spot, I fired away. This is the resulting image.
I've discovered that the road to originality is paved with the inspiration of others. - David Perell
Have a great week!
If you’re new, welcome to The Owlet! My name is Ishan Shanavas, and here I talk about my work, along with curating the most interesting ideas on the internet. I confine them to topics like Nature, Culture, Photography, and Art but often fall prey to other genres.