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On community and creative sustenance
“Human creativity is nature manifest in us.” — Ethan Hawke
Just a short post today. I want to hear from you when you have a few minutes. Many of you know I’m as fascinated with the internet as I am with photography. The FlakPhoto project has long been focused on exploring the intersection of digital culture and creative practice, and the thing I love most about the Web is how it connects us to each other.
I rebooted this newsletter last fall because I was drained by so much social media activity, and I have frequently written about how social media isn’t good for artists. And yet, it’s still one of the best tools we have for sharing images and ideas. I started writing FlakPhoto Digest because I wanted a direct line to my creative community — one not governed by corporate algorithms or choked by commercial advertisements. I’m having a good time, and I hope you are too.
Writing for you has been a privilege and a highlight of the past year. I’m grateful you continue to carve out some time and attention to read my posts.
I call you my readers because you read this newsletter. But you’re more than readers — you're colleagues and contemporaries, fellow photographers, creative practitioners, and artists of all stripes. You are my people! And I want to know more about you. I was incredibly grateful for your many comments on my post about dealing with creative block. Thanks for sharing your insights with me.
The summer is coming to a close, and I’m reflecting on what the newsletter means to me as I approach its first anniversary in a few weeks. Why do I keep writing? Because I get a charge out of meeting creative people. It makes me genuinely happy when I can help to bring a broader audience to their work. That’s what inspires me.
I want to hear from you: Are you an artist?
Please drop me a line if you identify as a culture maker so I can learn about you and your projects — You can reply to this email, write me directly, or leave me a comment. No rush; whenever you have a sec. Thank you!
I’ll leave you with this: Ethan Hawke riffing on why creativity matters. He talks about art as a kind of sustenance, which sounds about right. I think you’ll like this.
That’s all for now. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Have a great week!
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