I told the photographer (random local I asked to shoot this) that I don't want to be the center of attention in symmetry with the architecture. He said, "Wow. Okay, that's interesting. Are you an artist?" I replied, being the center of attention is not my kind of vacation. He chuckled and then proceeded to tell me about his life...We bantered about the World Trade Center the beauty of New York how he'd spent 47 years in this state and how he never wishes to leave this city, "a glorious city full of dreamers." He mentioned that in New York as everyone is out here trying to make ends meet, the more they wish to hide so they can focus more on themselves and why they're here in the city that never sleeps. Cheers Jung, you don't have an Instagram but you left me with a lot of inspiration on how it is to be an artist.
The night before this photo, I was with @shuttersazid and we finally met. We talked about how it feels to be in front of your personal needs to create vs. your necessary needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle to hold everything together. We mutually agreed, the drive and insanity of it all drives us to live different lives which never helps, for we wish for balance and end up with chaos. We try to create agreeable tones of pleasure tailored towards each need yet are driven at times to places we feel defeated. Sometimes questioning the passion in our art, and how it can phase us if we choose to give up creation.
Without compassion, without a support group - our dreams can be left often self fulfilled. Talking with Sazid confirmed many things for me. Juggling it all then asking of ourselves....Yes, we desire to be better than our previous best. To step beyond what we have done and have planned to think of the aftermath of it's completion.
After garnering feedback from others we are excited to celebrate their warm appreciation but we crave our own appreciation of the tireless hustle thinking, "What's next?" Because in the mind of an artist, we don't want to be in the center of one concept for too long - the center is a sacred undefined space of our beings left with limitless creativity we haven't found yet or aged to.