Growing up I remember popular stickers on the rear of cars – especially ordinary run down ones – exclaiming “My other car’s a Porsche!”
Well, my other camera is, no, not a Leica or a Hasselblad, but a pen.
Before I starting exploring photography with any serious intention around 2005 with my Sony camera phone, my creative outlet of choice was writing.
Of course it still is, with 35hunter.
But blogging is different, and pretty much like having a chat with a friend.
Back then, my main writing was poetry, as a way to try to untangle the world, remind myself of its beauty, and connect with others.
The latter would often get me into trouble if the recipient was a girl I probably shouldn’t even by writing about, let alone then sharing the words with too.
Anyway, I was reminded of all of this the other day, when looking through my Google account and seeing what I had saved (I’m nearing my storage limit).
Amongst Photos, Drive, Gmail, Docs, Sheets and more, I still have a Blogger account.
And on it a blog I started – and indeed finished – as a single creative project around 2008.
Partly it was conceived as as a challenge for a creative community I was involved with at the time, and partly to document via poetry how I felt about (salsa) dancing (which I was heavily immersed in then), channelled through the viewpoints of two (semi)fictional characters called Caspian and Esra.
Now, without wanting to sound immodest, I was quite impressed with what I’d written, and how it took me back to those dancefloors.
But now, like a whole body of other poetry, including hundreds of haiku, an unfinished novel and an even more unfinished film script, I don’t really know what to do with it.
Was the purpose of writing these at the time enough?
Certainly that was the main intention, and not international publication.
But isn’t it a shame to keep our work from the world, when it might touch, inspire and delight others?
What other creative outlets do you have, aside from photography? What do you do with them, in terms of sharing and publishing?
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