Sharing Knowledge and Passion
I truly, and whole-heartedly believe that knowledge is meant to be shared. I’m fascinated by so many things in life, and one of the things I enjoy the most is listening to people talk about their passions.
My sister is a med student and she loves it. Often, she’d talk to me about what she’s studying and while most of the time I don’t really understand it (I was never good at science), I love the passion in her eyes when she talks about it. She would tell you everything she knows if you asked, if you wanted to listen.
One of my best friends is a lover of words. She reads fiction and poetry like her life depends on it. It makes me so happy to hear her talk about it and I’ve discovered some amazing poets and writers through her.
When people talk to me about their passions, I get this strong urge to learn more about it. When my friend talks to me about anything computer-related, I wish I never gave up on wanting to be a computer engineer. And sometimes, when I watch live performances of bands that really enjoy what they’re doing and make music straight from their hearts, I wish I could be a rockstar.
Passion can be contagious. Passion is meant to be shared.
I don’t claim to know much. But everything I know, I will share with you and the whole world. I’ve recently been told that I shouldn’t post before/after pictures, animations of my editing process, or speed-edit videos. I was told that “it should remain a mystery”.
A few months ago during my exhibition, someone told me that I shouldn’t tell people how I come up with ideas, or how I find my locations, or where they are. She said that if I did that, people will try to do the same thing I’m doing.
That baffled me. It makes no sense to me. If someone wants to know something I know, I’ll happily share. If I can get someone to use photography to heal or express themselves, I’ll gladly tell them everything I know. If they want to do what I’m doing, then that means there’s more creativity and art in the world, and I don’t see anything wrong with that. That’s an amazing thing. Art can save lives.
And since we’re on the topic of sharing, I wanted to show you this image I’ve been working on. The other day, my family and I decided to barbeque. While we were preparing everything, my mom asked me to burn newspapers and put them on top of the coal so it would burn faster. Right after the fire would burn out, the newspaper had this amazing texture and light. I instantly ran back in and grabbed my camera and took LOTS of pictures of that. It was beautiful.
It got me thinking about one of the first images I created, Gardens of Insanity, and how I used only 3 pictures for the background and kept duplicating it to make the background. I decided to try something like that with this one. I didn’t have a solid idea in mind, no specific story, I just wanted to experiment and see what I come up with.
Title is from Lorde’s Yellow Flicker Beat.
Like I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been trying to experiment with different editing techniques and doing things randomly and just seeing what happens. For this one, after I composited the fire/newspapers in, I merged those layers and gave the merged layer a radial blur. It took away so much texture so instead, I kept those layers but duplicated them, merged them into one, then added the blur to that and lowered the opacity. I loved how that looked.
While I know that this isn’t one of the best images I’ve made, it certainly was SO much fun to create!
Since this whole blog post is about sharing, I invite you all to ask me absolutely anything, and I will answer truthfully ❤
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Hi Amani! You can say it’s not one of your best works, but still, I think it is a good job and I like it. But most important of this image, is that you, without fear, shared the picture, in which you work without having a concrete idea of what you wanted to do. No history, no idea… You only start with the intention to try new techniques and ended up doing a good job. And it seems that you like a lot to do it. Therefore, congratulations! As for the rest, I agree with you. Now, I´m going to continue working on my next image, which unfortunately is not as well as I would wish. Lots of love in form of hugs. ❤
Hi Paulo! Thank you so much 😀 I’m glad you like it! Good luck with your picture, keep working on it and I’m sure it’ll end up great 🙂
I love how you just go with the flow, experiment, try new things, have fun with new techniques just for the sake of it… It might me one of the best things to do for recreation of your creative self because it makes you stop trying so hard… That’s a good idea, I should try that, too… thank you.
Also thank you for your willingness to share… Thank you so much! I would have to think a bit harder in order to find something to ask, so I might come back tomorrow or so 😀
Love and hugs! ❤
Yay! I’m so glad you’re gonna try it. It’s so much fun and it takes off a lot of pressure I think. Good luck! I’d love to see what you come up with ❤
And feel free to come back anytime and ask me anything! 😀
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I love you ❤
You must know that you introduced me to creativelive and I have taken many classes from which I have gained a lot of knowledge and creative skills. Your passion and creativity are like sun rays, they touch me and I feel the warmth grow within me 😀
Thank you so so much for being a constant source of inspiration. Starting from food, music, books, Art, words, Interiors, Photography and most of all life it self. I am blessed to have you :’)