Writing: Finding That New Outlet To Plug In To

jason landry, portrait, photographer, paris, artistWriting: Finding That New Outlet To Plug In To

Once upon a time I was a photographer.  I would photograph people, places and things.  I would go on trips all around the world making photographs and that was my artistic outlet.  Before that, it was drawing and playing the guitar.  I enjoyed drawing and sketching things and I also liked strumming along to my favorite tunes.  Now that I own a gallery, I’m not sketching, playing the guitar or photographing as much anymore.  I needed to find a new artistic outlet––something that would give me an opportunity to express myself.

Writing and reading were never two of my favorite things.  If you gave me a choice between reading a book, writing a story, listening to music or going out to eat, I would opt for the two latter.  I’m not sure what happened, other than to say that writing and reading have become my two new favorite artistic outlets and they have opened me up to a world of possibilities.  I’ve regained a new appreciation for the art of writing and have embraced it wholeheartedly.

I was asked recently, are you a writer? My answer of course, Why yes…yes I am.  What do you like to write? (that’s usually the follow-up question.) My answer: everything.  Right now, I don’t want to pigeonhole myself in one genre of writing.  Although I am writing a memoir, I have found writing poetry and short fiction equally as enjoyable.  I also have a few ideas on how I can incorporate some writing with a photographic project that I’ve been kicking around in my head.

When investing in a new art form, diversify your portfolio.  If it’s writing, you never know what will be on the next page until you turn it.

Heidi Kirkpatrick – Book Arts and Photography

Book Arts…do you like books and art?  Here’s something that blurs the line between reading and photography.  This three-dimensional work of art is called Time To Play by Portland, Oregon based photographer Heidi Kirkpatrick.  I’m very smitten by her unique and creative approaches to photography.  In this piece, she has applied a film positive of two hands onto the open boards of a vintage children’s book.  I love how the illustration seeps through the hands creating a tattooed effect.

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Zen in the Art of Archery

zen, archeryAlthough the book Zen in the Art of Archery is one man’s quest to learn ‘The Great Doctrine’ of Zen Buddhism, which is taught through the learning of Archery, it is more than getting an education in the use of a bow and arrow or an Eastern religion.

Each chapter was filled with at least one great lesson to help you master the Zen of your chosen art. For example:

“…the right frame of mind for the artist is only reached when the preparing and the creating, the technical and the artistic, the material and the spiritual, the project and the object, flow together without a break.”

As you can see the word ‘art’ is used very loosely.  It could refer to archery, painting, photography, writing, or whatever your chosen art is.


Mediate on that!