Sometimes we feel trapped, not able express the way we truly feel. And when we do express the way we feel, we get called out by people who have no clue of who we are or what we are experiencing. EM from Emulsive.org has re-shared “Where To From Here” (the original is here, but the Emulsive version has nicer images created by me) it got loads of great feedback, but there was one comment out of all the positive ones that stood out and keeps replaying in my head. It was not constructive or positive and the comment creator was not brave enough to link themselves. So really I should not be concerned about the comment of a coward, and yet it has me consumed. Below is the comment by a Craig Ferguson. A meaningless comment, and yet I can’t stop thinking about it.
What are we to do, when this happens? Do we lean in and go harder, or back off and give in to the comments of someone who has no right to tell us how we should be creatively? If you have no outlet creatively because the work either is done by enough already or because the text you write about trying to figure out where our next moves creatively online should be. Where is the outlet? Do we just accept because something is done by enough that you can’t add more to the conversation? There are loads of work done by others that I don’t necessarily care for, because it’s either not good (a subjective statement of course) or it’s just overdone. In either case I don’t feel the need to express my dislike of such work, because more than anything I’m just happy when the creator is satisfied with their creations. The ultimate end goal is for us to be happy creating work in our own way even if it’s overdone or not good (again subjective statement). It causes no harm to have bad work or overdone work, does it? Who does it harm? …I am waiting… who?
The one thing we as creatives need to be careful of is finding ways to either cut ourselves or others off from creating work we feel is fulfilling to our souls. And Craig Ferguson (if that’s your real name) I am not getting offline or stopping to create graffiti photography. Actually graffiti changes so frequently in our cities that we probably need more people documenting them. Some of pieces in the version posted on Emuslive.org are already gone. So telling me to stop creating them makes no sense, since they were not yet created by me, and more importantly they won’t be around forever to be created by many others.
That is all
No Outlet is No Way to Exist
The comment was responded to very elegantly by EM.