Every week I come across people, organizations, websites, and other resources that inspire me. Below are a few I thought you might enjoy.
I am in the process of exploring new ways to share my work with a larger audience, and I figured posting a monthly wallpaper would be a fun way to do that. So, I present to you my inaugural wallpaper for October, 2011.
I'll share the story behind the image after the jump.
Eight months ago, I was doing the same thing many people do when a new year rolls in. I was casting vision for the new year and creating a number of goals for myself. I had rather grand aspirations. I was going to read one book per week. I was going to shoot (and post to my Tumblr account) one iPhone photo a day. I was going to do more personal projects. I was going to write at least one blog post per week. I was going to learn Spanish. I was going to exercise more.
Then life happened.
Last week I watched a PBS special called Art & Copy, an excellent documentary that provides a deeper look at the advertising industry and the visionaries who radically changed the course of advertising over the past 50 years. "Think Different", "Got Milk", "I Want My MTV", "Think Small", "Just Do It" — familiar with these phrases? They were created by individuals such as George Lois, Mary Wells, Jeff Goodby, Dan Wieden and David Kennedy. I was impressed by the amazingly creative people who exercise so much influence in American culture.
I recently attended, at a local church, a gathering of artists that come together monthly to encourage one another and discuss art. The topic for this particular gathering was "Sacred Space." I am interested in the intersection of art and religion, and I looked forward to hearing the speaker and engaging the topic. It was a valuable discussion and encouraged me to continue thinking about what sacred space looks like in my life.
At the end of 2010, after further considering some of my goals for 2011, I realized that I had developed a number of action items without having a strong sense of the values and motivations behind them. It was easy to say I wanted to read one book per week, write one blog post per week, complete one photo shoot per month for my personal portfolio, etc. Why? Why do I want to accomplish these tasks/projects? What is my motivation? I decided to take a step back and consider some of my values that were driving my goals for the new year. In that process I developed a number of themes that will guide my goals, tasks, projects, and the kind of jobs that I am willing to take on. Here is the quick list: Generosity, Collaboration, Relationship, Courage, Remarkability, Non-Conformance.
2011 is off to a great start, and I am off and running with new (renewed) vision, goals, and projects for the upcoming year! I'm not normally one to pursue new years resolutions, but I do appreciate the changing of the years as opportunities to refocus and grow on the previous year's work, both personal and professional.
This morning we visited the landfills of Trujillo, home and workplace for a number of Peruvians. It was heartbreaking to see families, including children, living and working in the midst of so much trash. This young boy spends his days sifting through and organizing trash piles such as this one.
This morning we traveled about an hour east of Trujillo to the Andean city of Otuzco, home of the Virgen de la Puerta (Virgin of the Door). Our purpose was not to visit the Virgin, but rather to visit the poor living on the outskirts of the city.