HOW INNER TORMENT FEEDS THE CREATIVE SPIRIT by Darren Bailey LRPS
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HOW INNER TORMENT FEEDS THE CREATIVE SPIRIT (artwork)
By Darren Bailey LRPS

HOW INNER TORMENT FEEDS THE CREATIVE SPIRIT (written excerpt)
By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
Published: November 17, 1985

During Diane Arbus’s funeral, the photographer Richard Avedon turned to a friend and whispered, ‘’Oh, I wish I could be an artist like Diane.’’ The friend, Frederick Eberstadt, answered, ‘’Oh, no, you don’t.‘’ Their brief exchange – as recounted in Patricia Bosworth’s biography of Arbus – raises the charged questions surrounding the tormented, even self-destructive, creative artist. Chief among them is where reality ends and mythology begins.

Arbus personified the artist whose inner turmoil – depression, dislocation and a taste for risk bordering on a death wish – fuelled her creations
But Arbus was also a woman defeated by depressions so debilitating she often could not work and, ultimately, chose not to live. Finally, Arbus represented an artist who gained more fame, who was indeed romanticized, more for living on the edge than for the artistry she brought back from that emotional frontier.

It is no wonder, then, that Arbus – that the entire issue of the ‘’mad artist,’’ as the awful cliche has it -should both attract and repel, as it has for literally thousands of years. Aristotle spoke of ‘’divine madness,’’ Renaissance scholar Marsilio Ficino of the ‘’Saturnine temperament.’’ The playwright August Strindberg declared that few people were ‘’lucky enough to be capable of madness,’’ and the poet John Berryman opined, ‘’The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not nearly kill him.’’

Piece created using a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 50mm f1.4
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  • John  Kapusta
    John Kapusta9 months ago

    Poewerful work!

  • Thank you

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • John  Kapusta
    John Kapusta8 months ago


    02-15-2014

  • Thank you very much for choosing my work for group feature :)

    – Darren Bailey LRPS

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnson7 months ago

    Terrific image ~ terrific text! I do think most creative artists, writers and musicians walk a thin dark line and today, those like Diane Arbus, Van Gogh, Beethoven, Edgar Allen Poe, Balzac, Paul Gaugiun, Ernest Hemmingway, Nicola Tesla ~ even Sir Isaac Newton ~ would be called “bi-polar” or even schizophrenic. Actually the list in looooong! Which does not denigrate their genius, but it’s interesting to say the least. For what it’s worth I fell in love with Diane’s work before I ever learned about her suicide. But in retrospect, her Dark Side definitely showed in her photography. And the more I learn of Tesla, the more I think he may have been the greatest genius of them all. The fact that he “communicated with the aliens…!” Well, it makes you wonder. Was he mad, or was he right?? LOL! (Well, I never said I wasn’t just a little mad, myself!) Great work and congrats on your features Darren!

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnson7 months ago

    Your outstanding work is featured in Science, Fringe Science & The Unexplained!

    Please go HERE to check it out and leave your comments!

    Congratulations, Darren!

  • Ray Jackson
    Ray Jackson6 months ago


    Excellent work !! bravo !!

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