Monday, December 13, 2010

It's beginning ...



Do you like your photography clear, crisp and defined as above, or ...


do you prefer a vintage, weathered and worn feel to them as above,
and in the following two Christmas images?

(This lovely Santa is from DeviantArt.com and the texture is from ShadowHouseCreations.)



Isn't it a wonderful thing to have choices - to have the freedom to exercise our will to make choices that mesh with our aesthetic, our sensibilities?  Even in such a simple thing as the choice of how we present our homes and gifts over the holidays.....

During this down-turn in the economy funds may be tight and that does limit certain options and choices.  However, we always maintain the freedom to choose our attitude to our circumstances and our actions in whatever situation we may find ourselves.  One of the advantages of experiencing economic hardship is that instead of consuming, we can concentrate on creating.  Creativity replacing consumption - what a simple and brilliant concept that we should consider embracing no matter what our economic situation!  Creatively using what we already have is also in step with lightening our footprint on the planet and living  an ecologically sustainable existence. 

Have you considered a creative, modest approach to the holidays this year, as opposed to one of conspicuous and compromising consumption?


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16 comments:

  1. Instead of consume, create...This is a wonderful, conceptualization of giving. Poignant and timely.

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  2. I love the images - and I so prefer the weathered and worn look and feel to the detailed and clear one.
    Lovey post

    Love Gail
    peace and hope.....

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  3. I like both, depending upon the subject.

    I stopped being a consumer of "stuff" a long time ago, mostly because my horses consume us out of house and home. : ) I plan to make fudge as a gift to the people in my life who do so much for me. Who doesn't like fudge?

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  4. I still gravitate towards clear and clean, but am growing in appreciation for antique/distressed as well. I really don't do much in the way of shopping for Christmas. Even though my kids receive plenty for Christmas from family and friends, when they speak of Christmas, its usually about seeing our family, and going to the big party for all of the cousins next week... not about gifts...

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  5. Nice images, Bonnie, accompanied by nice ideas. Yes, anything but consumption. Create more, consume less. I think that will be my motto next year.

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  6. The first photo with the b&w & burst of red is stunning. But I do prefer the weathered look on Ol' St. Nicks face. Leave it to me to like both types. My daughter, due to budge constraints, just created a most lovely gift for a friend. She purchased a wide, smooth wooden frame. She took ribbon from her craft box and glued it in straight lines across the surface. She will now create one for each member in the family! I will have to post photos of this on my blog as it is really a great example of what you mention above.

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  7. Not only do I love the images today, but I also love the message about creating over consumption and having the freedom of choice.

    Fab post, dahling :)

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  8. Santas always have to be vintage, weathered and worn I think! I shall ponder on creation and consumption. But I think Christmas food may involve both! A valid and serious point you make, though, Bonnie.

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  9. like your thoughts on creating vs. consuming...and so true...i like mine vintage...

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  10. I do like the old Father Christmas type image, more than a bright red Santa.

    Don just sliced up an old apple bough, and an ash bough, from dead trees. He's taking the discs to school for the kids to paint snowflake stencils and stars for ornaments. I find that there is more meaning making decorations, or gathering a few branches from outdoors.

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  11. Dear Bonnie,
    Although I almost agree with your post, I'll write something come across in my mind.

    Your say, "freedom of choice at any circumstance" remids me of V.E.Frankl. True and human dignity. Yes, I've ever pondered over a relation between creativity and economic hardship--well known, "Clever poor guy."

    But that logic cannot either justify or affirm poverty. Substituting goods we need with what we have/make is only a part of nature of creativity. From the deep need of heart, people create something. A well known example, Maslow's theory did not prove why artists die in poverty or keep creativity at the expense of their own lives.

    Thank you for reading. Just a thought. It's a great fun for me to read your blog.

    Kind regards, Sadami

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  12. Sadami:

    Thank you for making that important point. You are so right and I would never want to suggest that someone in abject poverty could reverse their situation by simply being creative. I was referring more to those of us who have had to tighten our belts in this recession and still are in the fortunate circumstance of living with many resources available to us with which to be creative. I do understand that there are many without such resources.

    It is interesting to think of all the truly creative people who died poor. I think it is sometimes a question of values. They valued their ability to express creatively more than they valued aquisition, success, wealth. Creativity was their prime value and creativity as you say does not reverse circumstances - it just sometimes makes them more bearable - as I know from personal experience as a child who lived with a poor, single mother.

    Hope that better explains my stance and that you see we are really very much 'on the same page' in this regard.

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  13. Dear Bonnie,
    Thank you for a courteous response, furthermore, disclosing your pain in childhood. I've understood your stance well.
    BTY, personally, I really like your writing style, choosing a first pronoun, plural in order to include anyone with love and care:). Keep up this lovely blog.
    Kind regards,
    a poor artist Sadami

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  14. Great post. I do think that times like these brings out creativity in people.. the mother of invention.. and all that.

    I do tend to like "natural" photography but have a lot of fun just playing with the images every now and then

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  15. Hilary: Thank you. The calibur of photo you take needs little if any editing. You surely take some of the best that I see in my travels around the blogosphere.

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  16. I just loved this post. The images are wonderful, but what struck me was the message that we have the power to choose our attitude, the way in whic we perceive our circumstances. It's all up to us, yet so many of us choose sadness over happiness, choose to see what we dont' have rather than all that is in front of us.

    When I was unemployed ten years ago, I mediated every day and experienced a slowness and a level of gratitude that I've not be able to find since. I had so much when I had nothing.

    Thank you for this post!

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