Years ago I would get anxious during times of ‘downtime’, but not these days where I now know that a break always yields results instead of creative burn out – or even worse ‘getting bored’.
I’ve been investing a fair amount of time and spare cash into photobooks once again, and I’m now more of a fan of experiencing art through books/ zines / prints than ever before. I really dig that books in particular, by design, offer the very best way to consume the artist’s messages and the wonder of their visions.
Time with my head in a large printed photobook vs scrolling through a curated onslaught of adverts and the ever increasing disappearance of all history with the latest homogenisation of ‘trends’, is bliss. Like all pop culture the internet is now no more than a tool to engage consumption, and quite frankly It’s a pretty traumatic or manipulative experience overall online these days. We can’t get enough of it though right?!?
When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web 31 years ago he thought he’d created an egalitarian tool that would share information for the greater good. But it hasn’t quite worked out like that has it?
Anyway, deep breath…. and tomorrow I head back to school and onto the bee keeping project again, with the final push to the last week of November. It has taken four years to get to this point. I’ve stocked the fridge with Portra 160 in both 120 and 35mm for the sunny days at hives, and peoples ‘happy places’ – as I call it, and have a good plan. Sure it will be hectic pulling the project together in the final weeks, but I feel like I’m on the right path, and I can’t wait to make some artefacts to celebrate Canterbury Beekeepers, and their community.
Here are a selection of photos from the past two weeks and it has been great spending time outdoors under the sun with family, friends and Mother Nature. I was also fortunate to catch up with a good friend Danny as he passed though Christchurch on route Northward. We met back when we worked in a shared creative space on K Road Auckland, back in 2013. Ness also wanted some commercial imagery of his tattoo business, too, and I could not resist a portrait on film! The exchange will end up as more ink on my body, as I plan to get new art on my legs.