Personal projects are great. They provide helpful constraints within which to be creative and they offer an opportunity to see things differently. If I weren’t in the midst of a personal black and white project I don’t think this mornings episode would have been anywhere near as rewarding.
In a rush to get out the door I smashed a bowl in the kitchen. A massive glass bowl at that. It literally shattered when it hit the tiles sending shards all over the kitchen floor under my bare feet. $%*#§! I hear you say. Indeed, pretty annoying. Thing is, I had my camera on the worktop as I’d just been taking som ‘light observation’ style photos on what was a lovely sunny morning. So, the first thought that came to my head was actually how beautiful it was and that I should take some pictures.
As I stood still, working out what I was going to do I noticed that the glass was still breaking, kind of like when you put ice into luke warm water and it cracks and shifts under the pressure. I don’t know if it was something to do with the heat but these shards of glass were pop and cracking like breakfast cereal all over the place. It was quite extraordinary. I dutifully took some photos, swept up and went to work.
As I walked I smiled that I’d managed to enjoy what would otherwise have been a solely destructive moment, and I created something out of the mess.