One of my favourite quotes of all time is by Friedrich Nietzsche.
“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
This quote and my interpretation of it – because who really knows what he meant 😉 – always helps me to get through those times of chaos and confusion. And every time the chaos has to do with my creative side I seem to change my website once it settles to reflect the new insight into myself I gained. The same happened this time. First I rewrote my ABOUT and then I changed the website. 😀
So which insights did I gain from my last journey through the chaos?
First of all – I am NOT a photographer. I don’t even want to call myself an artist. This might not sound like much and for some it might just be names but for me it was the realization that I was still trying to fit into a box and that suffocated my creativity.
The only thing I want to be is creative and ME. So I removed those words from my website and suddenly I felt free to include more of my poems together with my images and also my paintings. It also removed the pressure I had put on myself to ‘only’ use film and analog techniques for my work. I want to do all of it, whichever works best to express what I see and feel.
Second – there was still too much ‘clutter’ on my website, especially everything that was related to ‘business’. It was another area where I put myself under pressue. As time is always limited I had told myself that I had to focus on business first. No time for daydreaming or ‘doodling’ – but that simply does not work for me – I was starving my creative spirit.
So business is now put where it belongs in my world – a handful of words on my contact page and one paypal button (see if you can find it 😉 ). Don’t get me wrong I will still feel honoured if someone wants to buy one of my prints or books, hire me for a project or some mentoring but it is not my purpose in life or with this website. The whole website also got a much more simple and minimal look which I love. Now it feels like ‘home’ – a true homepage :-).
Finally, since this is now no longer a business or photography website – don’t worry there will still be lots of images 😉 – I also feel more at ease to share personal topics on this blog – my view of the world – or how I do things, maybe even a cooking recipe I love. 😀 So I have a feeling that there will be more blog posts and updates in the future. I still have a request here to make a blog about how I create my smartphone images (you can see them on Instagram) – and yes, that will be coming too ;-).
If you like all this I hope you will join me now and then with a cup of coffee or tea on this HOMEsite 😀