The kids picked Create for the week 3 theme which I loved the idea of as after all the whole idea of our photofun projects is to create something from an idea. When the themes are put out on twitter you just never know whether or not they will take hold, often you get a flurry right away and then nothing whereas this week it was the reverse a slow start that gathered momentum throughout the week.
I’ve never, perhaps until recently, particularly thought of myself as a creative person as I tend to think of creative people as those beautifully talented people around us who draw, paint, write, photograph etc in a way that makes us think or brings happiness into our lives. A few years ago I was made redundant, and for anyone who has been through that it can be a tricky process to say the least. I was fortunate in that the place where I was getting made redundant from paid for support for us to do some assessment of our skills etc. Now I’m usually very reticent of that sort of thing but seeing as I was facing a big challenge I went into it with eyes open. The person that I worked with for a few weeks after talking to me looking at my career etc said that I should describe myself in one way and that was as a creative thinker. It sounds a bit bombastic but it was perhaps the first time when I’ve looked at the way I approach things and on reflection it felt right. It’s not something that I feel comfortable saying about myself but it is perhaps a strong part of who I am I think. Still can’t draw for toffee mind.
I thought about this while this theme was going on and how much creativity there all around us, perhaps particularly at this time of year, but also how we don’t celebrate creativity enough and encourage it within our children, it’s not just about drawing but it’s about how we see the world. Rigidity of thought is not going to provide the solution that we require to improve the world we live in, creativity is. Be that in maths or science, art or technology the ability to have a blank sheet of paper (either physically or metaphorically) in front of us and create something that did not exist before is perhaps the human races most unique trait.
All of that is I think captured in this beautiful gallery of people (and animals) creating things, food, art, pictures, sounds, a home, toys, all the things that nourish us. Huge thanks to all who took part as always, apologies to anyone who I’ve missed out. Click on the gallery to open it and scroll through the pictures and do let us know which ones you liked, there are some lovely interpretations. Two more weeks to go so either follow me @ianstreet67 on twitter or follow the twitter hashtag #decemberphotofun for the remaining themes. Be great to have you on board.