Sunday, January 13, 2008

It's magic!

When we engage with an image, we are highly susceptible to the old "how did they do that?" bug. It's a kneejerk reaction that can obliterate many other important reactions. Of course, the imagemaker may want you to be aware of their technique, but that's rarely the whole shebang. Resisting the temptation to analyze process has important benefits. Accepting the creative conditions of a work, allowing them to unfold in less rational terms, will help you hone a rare skill: the art of leaving mysteries intact. I'm not saying that we should ditch our post-modern flair for deconstruction. I'm just saying that logic is often the kryptonite of the creative core.


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