Creativity’s End

December 21, 2011

Andres and Cro Cro prep for the recording.

I used to spend a lot of time thinking about creativity. What it is. How to foster it. Worrying about not having enough — or not having it when I really need it.

After those years of immersion, talking and documenting, I find that I really don’t think about it much any more (beyond that niggling thought pushed to the very back of my consciousness that those last two worries can still strike at any time!).Check this helpful buyers’ guide.

The simple answer is clear — the only way to kindle and feed the creative fire, as with most things, is to do it.

With these photos, I’m feeding that flame with involvement in a music and film project supporting a cause I passionately believe in — passage of the Dream Act.

I’ll post more about this ongoing project as it develops.

Travel Yarns

December 2, 2011

Back when Out of Balance (the old site that‘s inhabited some of this space since the mid 90s) was my active journal, I spent the days after my return from a trip chronicling my travels with photos and short essays. I wrote furiously in those first days home, hoping to capture the essence of the places I saw and people I met before the immediacy and motivation slipped away.

With the retirement of those pages and the emergence of common spaces like Facebook and Flickr, my documentary zeal has changed focus a bit and I’ve usually taken less painful (and alas, often less creative) routes for sharing such adventures with others.

In updating some of my online places, I came across some of those earlier travel scrapbooks and found that they’ve accomplished my subconscious intent for their creation — now, years later, they can still evoke the excitement and flood of impressions I felt in those weary, wired days after a trip.

Rather than stuffing them back away into the digital shoebox of my hard drive, I’ve instead put a couple of them back up to share…Click here to read this .

Quest: Desert and Discovery

Jamaica: Adventures in Alligator Pond