Polarity of it all

My favorite teacher once said, to be a good photographer, you need to be a good editor. Meaning, you create create create and then you edit. If you treat every photo as precious and don't click the shutter until every condition is perfect, you miss out on millions of moments that might have been even more surprisingly wonderful. Be open to serendipity ... As a writer, I have to remind myself to not "write with a red pen", meaning that if I attempt to edit while writing, I'll never get to the juicy stuff. The narrowed focus will cut off idea generation. So you write first, edit after. Same with photography or any creative endeavor. Create first - broaden and build upon what you've created - then edit. 

The science of creativity suggests that a creation, then incubation period are critical to the creative process. Only after creation and incubation can ideas move into the evaluative stage. In lay terms, don't kill your ideas before they get off the ground.

As a writer, I have to remind myself to not "write with a red pen", meaning that if I attempt to edit while writing, I'll never get to the juicy stuff. The narrowed focus will cut off idea generation. So you write first, edit after. Same with photography or any creative endeavor. Create first - broaden and build upon what you've created - then edit. 

Create the conditions to get the juices flowing. Create create create. Make it a judgment free zone. Just generate possibilities. Then move into discernment and evaluation only after you've created.

Creativity is a polarity between critical thinking and lateral thinking. We need both, just perhaps not at the same time. Photography is a polarity between light and dark, negative and positive. Again, you need both, just not at the same time. So remember to not kill your darlings, too soon. Give them a chance to see the light of day before relegating them to the cutting room floor. 

Lateral thinking is more concerned with the movement value of statements and ideas. A person uses lateral thinking to move from one known idea to creating new ideas.” (Wikipedia)

“Critical thinking is primarily concerned with judging the true value of statements and seeking errors.” (Wikipedia)

With the rider and the elephant - Jonathan Haidt - we are learning to become more masterful between our human brain and our animal brain. The elephant represents our old reptilian brain and our neocortex is the rider. We need both, but mastery comes from balancing and directing them. 

Stress
Negative Emotions: Narrow & Focus us. Positive emotions: Broaden and Build

Compare and despair ... comparing ourselves to others kills the creativity. It narrows and focuses us and limits our access to generating ideas. So remember the growth mindset, creativity is a strength, not a trait. You can build it. So can anyone else. 

Dance between the polarity ...
elephant and rider
masculine and feminine
Till and Widdle
Dwanda and Lila


Shadow and light

The Definition Polarities are… Interdependent pairs that need each other over time. They are energy systems that we live in, and which live in us. Values coming in pairs are a narrower base than interdependent pairs in life. Activity and Rest is a polarity but many people would not associate values with it. The notion of interdependent pairs is both more inclusive and less likely to generate questions early in the process that values pairs might generate. Life: • Inhale and Exhale A SCIENTIFIC GUIDE TO HUMAN FLOURISHING 485 • Activity and Rest • Work and Home • Making a Difference and Enjoying Life Leadership: • Clear and Flexible • Self-Assured and Humble