You know what I love to think about? How we can describe human experiences, how we can express ideas and emotions with more than just words. I mean, isn’t that the whole point of dance, music, paintings, drawings, sculptures, film, etc.? And how much more powerful those mediums can be. Don’t get me wrong, words are powerful as well. A well-told story. Carefully crafted poetry. Words flung in anger. The power we can express can be premeditated or created in the moment. What’s the key to powerful, impactful expression? Sincerity, understanding, empathy, emotion? You don’t have to be an “artist” or “poet” or “author” or “photographer” to create, you just have to be alive and … vulnerable. And willing to express that vulnerability. Day to day life requires that we hold it all together and put on a face of pleasantness, but any form of art or creative expression allows us to say what it is not acceptable to say when someone asks “How are you doing?” or “What are you up to?” Creative expression connects people better than anything else I can think of. I think of going to the movies, or to a concert, or an art gallery, or a poetry reading. Creative expression is the foundation of relationships … even if that expression is just a few kind words. Isn’t language art? Even simple words and phrases. Which raises the question, what is art? I’d say … anything created out of nothing. Which would make every single thing a piece of art. Which would in turn make all of us artists.
No big deal, just shreddin’.
What the city is missing:Thierry Cohen photographs cityscapes and then photographs deserts at night, combing the two to show us what our cities would look like with the lights off. The stars are not enhanced, they are actual photos from relative latitudes that would expose the same starry sky view if it weren’t for light pollution. Click on each photo to see which city it is.