Starbucks: Seal Beach Blvd & Westminster: Seal Beach
The day started out cold and on the verge of rain. The perfect type of day for a hot cup of coffee, but maybe not as perfect for a photo shoot. We are committed though and Eric and I met at 8:30 to get our second word – again.
That’s right, our word is “again”. We couldn’t have planned this any better we initially thought. What if we just re-did what we did last time and capture the word inventing – again. A do-over. How perfect could that be if we didn’t like what we did last week? But we knew that we had to move on and create something new. After all, if we didn’t move on past the last shoot, it would go against what we set out to do – to create something within a set amount of time using only what we’ve been given. When it’s done, it’s done. Time to move on and let the limited timeframe be our motivation to decide what we will create. And then decide on one image to represent what that word meant to us at that moment.
So we started brainstorming. Once more. Another time. Repeating the process.
We walked around to see what we could capture as a way of showing “again”. Some of our images captured nature in the act of renewing itself, while others showed a shape or thing being repeated in a pattern. Again and again and again. Many interesting compositions and ideas were captured and it was tough to settle on just one. However, after editing things down, both Eric and I decided that one image represented the result of something that happened again and again and again. It was a unique look at an everyday object in a new light. The weathering and beating, to us, showed what “again” looks like.
Starbucks: PCH: Sunset Beach
It’s the first morning of minute:72 and we greeted each other at the Starbucks in Sunset Beach. We ordered our coffee and then received our first word – inventing. We initially thought that this was going to be easy – it can be such a conceptual word that can be spun in any direction we please. But after looking at what we had which was just a couple of cups of coffee and the space around us, we decided that we needed to brainstorm a bit and figure out what subjects we would be looking for to complete a concept. When discussing what inventing meant, things immediately turned a corner and got harder than we thought.
Inventions are things that are new – solving a problem differently – doing something that hasn’t been done before – looking at something in a new light. What stuck with us most was “doing something that hasn’t been done before”. minute:72 is something that we have never done before. It’s something that’s going to force us to look at things in a new light. And hopefully what we get out of this, is putting ourselves in a situation we wouldn’t have been in otherwise. One where we are forced to create with what we have around us – where we are forced to exercise creative muscles that would otherwise remain untapped at that time.
So we decided to just go with it and start walking to find out what was around us. What could we be inspired by that we could look at differently? Hundreds of photos were taken. And as we were shooting, we decided to capture an image that will represent our new invention – one that means more than what it is at face value.
When I got home that evening I looked up the word inventing on wikipedia. What struck me most was an excerpt on that page under the sub-heading “Exploration” that perfectly summed up our first experience. “Invention is often an exploratory process with an uncertain or unknown outcome. There are failures as well as successes. Inspiration can start the process, but no matter how complete the initial idea, inventions typically must be developed.”
This morning we started developing our invention – minute:72