The Secret to Creativity Caught in the Ocean


Here’s an article from HYPERALLERGIC about the making of a beautiful film by Mickey Smith. The film is haunting and awe inspiring.

 

http://hyperallergic.com/53428/mickey-smith-dark-side-of-the-lens/
The Secret to Creativity Caught in the Ocean

DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films on Vimeo.

LOS ANGELES — Creativity is a talent that many artists and designers seek. But in my experience, the most brilliant creative people are the ones who realize creativity is a lifestyle. It’s a way of living and experiencing the world.

A recent post in The Atlantic turned me on to videographer and surfer Mickey Smith’s Dark Side of the Lens, a gorgeous meditation of creative life as told through life on the sea. His compelling dialogue adds texture to the video, already dreamlike in scope:

“Cameras help me translate, interpret and understand what I see. It’s a simple act, and keeps me grinning.”

Smith goes on to talk about the magic of the sea, as he surfs and dives into the ocean. As a nature lover myself, I have to say there are few experiences quite like the ocean. Even challenging outdoors activities like rock climbing rely on familiar skills for us terrestrial creatures, who have to climb stairs and reach for things on a regular basis. But stepping into the ocean is akin to entering a very foreign country, one where we are most clearly the outsiders. There’s magic in dem waves.

“I try to pay tribute to that magic through these photographs,” Smith declares. His short film is a lovely, unironic meditation on the creative life, which can be as mysterious and challenging as the ocean.

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