Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Keeping Your Creativity Alive Weekly

As a creative professional I am constantly looking for avenues to expand my creative thinking and to learn and view work from other creatives. I am a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and our local chapter ASMP/ONC use to have a program entitled "Ideas and Images" This was a fantastic program that I would love to see brought back. The organizer would select 4-5 presentors and have them present anything they wished for 20 minutes. Such notable presenters were F. Eugene Smith who is an Architect who discussed beautifying our cities with signage and minimizing the ugliness-- through burying overhead electrical and telephone wires, etc. He showed some before and after slides that really made us think how much more creative and beautiful things would be if we really took the time to care and think about beautifying our environment. There was another presenter that discussed his interests in Tea Ceremonies.The program ran for about two hours and everyone loved the program. The programs ran for a number of years back in the olden days of the last century and utilized slide projectors before we all had Power Point or Keynote presentations. (editors note: I just came back from a conference in Dayton, OH and there was one presenter that used a slide projector. I can't remember the last time before this that I saw a slide projector being used in this century. Funny how times change!) This program was what first attracted me to ASMP and can be credited for having me join ASMP back in 1994.

I found a weekly substitute for this Ideas and Images program through Creativity. Creativity is a monthly magazine (in print form) that I subscribe to that has started to offer a weekly top 5 video synopsis (on their web site) of the top 5, or to quote Creativity: "a weekly video recap of the Creative you need to know." Creativity goes on to describe: "it's all here in a concentrated, 5-minute, 5-item video treat" You can visit the top 5 at Creativity-Online.com/top5

Until I Blog again, remember not to take life too seriously and make sure you tell someone that is close to you how much you care for them-- no one knows when our loved ones may depart so we should try to let our loved ones know how much we care for them.

Thanks for reading,

John :)

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