A little late returning to the social media scene, but better late than never, or at least so I'm told.
I would like to start off this week (Yes this is now a weekly post) with a little reflection, on the opportunity I had with the Getty Band tour during my winter hiatus in 2015. To those unfamiliar with their work, Kieth and Kristyn are most well known for the joint authorship with of 'In Christ Alone' alongside Stewart Townend. They have been working heavily throughout the world to revitalize congregational worship in churches and creative disciplines alike. Now during the tour I was blessed with the title of their official photographer for shows in prestigious concert halls across the east coast from Orlando FL to New York City; even even across the northern border in Toronto CAN. This opportunity while exciting was not as nearly as revolutionary to me as the philosophy behind their mission.
I would like to present a provocative statement; HOW you present an idea is just as important as WHAT its message is. This was one of the underlined philosophies of the Getty's work. It's application for their purpose is for christian hymns, but for the purpose of argument I want to extend that statement to all disciplines. We've always heard the famous saying You can't judge a book by its cover, but consider just how heavily one's acceptance of a radical, different, or opposing idea depends on their state of mind, on their history, on their background or family.
In order for someone to decide your content is worth picking up they are in essence stepping outside their comfort zone; they are choosing to commit an amount of time to show appreciation for your work. How you present that work greatly affects that person's decision. Think about how often you made friends with someone over similar interests. How often you've eat at a restaurant that opened you up to new flavors. Or how often a concept in school suddenly become simple when explained in a familiar way.
We are dynamic beings, but we're stubborn in our interests. This is not an argument of whether the worth of a work of art or even a person should ever be judged in this manner, rather it is a recognition and acceptance of the human limitation. Obviously this topic is too rich for the confines of a short weekly blogpost. (Book topic perhaps?)
What do you think?
In the spirit of belated starts, Happy New Year! 2016 is going to be quite the ride. Already pre-production has begun for 3 different short films, a web series, and even a few different photo series as well. Most recently I have begun a weekly vlog series showcasing short recaps on productions, creative meet-ups, behind the scenes, too short to be short film shorts and things like that. Subscribe to see a new video every Saturday!