Creating vs finishing art - against the march of time

Time marches on and 2017 is already almost 1/12th over. It’s always a good time to consider goals and the beginning of the year has become the traditional time for reflection, consideration and goal setting.

It’s interesting to review which of my photographs people have been buying and broadly where they’re located around the word. Clothing seems to be pretty popular lately and there’s definitely going to be a crisp high five on offer when I bump into someone wearing one of my images on a tshirt!

It’s also great to receive pictures from happy customers of their new Norman Repacholi acquisition hanging in the bedroom, lounge and kitchen – I might be a little biased, but you have excellent taste and are part of a growing global community! ;-) I’m glad you’re enjoying your art and if there’s anyone that hasn’t shared a pic of their purchase in situ with me – please tweet me a pic @normrepa It’d be cool to see more.

So time’s been marching on at a fair clip lately and it’s been hard to keep up with everything going on. Sometimes, whether it’s a case of feeling inspired or photographic opportunity presenting itself, I really get into the ‘creating zone’. In the creating zone there’s limitless time to get out explore, experiment and create new images, but the catch is there’s less enthusiasm and time for the post capture administration. And we all know how important tagging, rating and organising your archive of images is later-on when you can’t remember a precise location or date and you’re looking for an image!

In the creating zone, there’s plenty of time for creating, and much less for actually finishing images. So that’s what I’m planning to change this year; to make the most of the creative opportunities as they arise, but focus on finishing images in 2017. Working off the ‘Project 365/ photo a day’ – I’m going to finish 365 images this year and share them on Redbubble and Flickr. It’s most definitely a stretch goal, but the creative tension will be good.

Having a quick look at the ‘Manage Works’ tab, there’s 989 public and private images uploaded over the years – my new target is 1354, and I’m aiming for quality too! Well, given we’re a month into 2017 already it’s time to get the post-processing skates on.

If you’ve done a photo a day or project 365 – please share some tips!



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