Today I attempted a new habit, a new project - The Parker Project. I wasn't sure what would result or would would be inspired but I did know that opening up to something, anything can result in an idea worth having...even if it wasn't today, sticking with the project if nothing else is a good habit to have and for me at least, having this kind of exercise is also helpful in keeping me on task and learning something new.
So, I flipped the timer and the sand started to flow. I decided to randomly chose a folder of images to work on and clicked on June 1st. June first's album was full of images from my daughter and my trip to a nearby dam and of some hiking we did that same day. As I scrolled through the images, I looked for something that stood out. Nothing. Was this idea going to work?? Then I remembered something I read (and loved). It was about respecting an Idea like it was a good friend - treating her as I would someone I cared about and wanted to see succeed. So I moved out of her way and asked my friend Parker, "What would you like to explore today? What shall we make together?"
I looked through the folder hoping for something to stand out and inspire. Nothing. Feeling a wall start to construct, feeling my inner critic enter the room, I tried to remain open-minded. Base image....base image.... What would be my catalyst? This isn't that big a deal - just pick something!
Then a "failed" abstract image of the base of the dam stood out. Why? The base of the dam... I was looking for my base image, my starting point. Ok, why not? So I opened up the image in PS and started to cute and paste and mix and patch.... Here is the story that evolved.
The altered state made me image a pyramid. A thick halo of fog surrounded the pyramid until it was dissolving away as if eaten by time. I imagined what sounds would emerge from such a scene... Then, the last grains of sand fell and my meeting with Parker was done. I enjoyed my first experience with the project. Even if this isn't my favorite thing I have ever made, the experience of making it and working through the stumbling blocks was just as I hoped for. Working with editing showed me some things I wanted to work on in the future as well as inspired some ideas for the future. I'm looking for my next attempt!