I’m a big believer in experimentation and play. It’s one of the things I love about the medium of iPhone photography — it’s so experimental. I get to play with new apps and new techniques all the time. I can sit down and say, “Let’s see where this goes…” on any given morning.
Like with this image, Underlying Structure. I had no idea in my head of what it would look like. Just a couple of ideas of apps or techniques to start with, and let’s see what happens. Let’s play. Interesting things always result. Maybe not the best art, but a worthwhile use of my time. I always feel refreshed after my “play” time.
I listened to a great Ted Radio Hour podcast this weekend that got me thinking about this, called Press Play. If you have a bit of time, give it a listen. It may change your thoughts on whether play is something we should do when all other work is done, or whether play is something we should make a priority. (And if you have a teenager who loves video games, it includes some good insights on video game play that may shift your thinking.)
As adults, we no longer get told this, so I will do the honors: Go and play.