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Life and Creativity

September 23rd, 2010

Two Orchids
“Two Orchids:” a lucky shot in low light. This was taken hand held with a Canon G10 at 1/10 sec, f5.6. Like everyone is saying, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” The G10 generates a lot of noise in low light but with this image I’m okay with it.

Since I moved to France in 1994 much has changed for me. For one thing before my wife became sick I was spending a good deal of time in the US. She was diagnosed with a rare fast growing cancer which we were told was terminal by the specialists we saw in France. Thank God for the internet. I learned that a research institute in the US, Sloan-Kettering Institute, was actively working on a experimental protocol. What’s more they were collaborating with The Institut Curie in Paris. So, immediately on the phone to Curie; luckily a quick appointment and we had a protocol. It was not easy getting treatment because Doctors don’t like being told what to do. But having said that, the treatment was first rate. Fran├žoise is a survivor. I am a survivor. It has been 9 years now. It is unimaginable how hard this all was and how it has affected and changed our lives. These days we don’t put up with much shit. Life is much too dear to spend time dealing with the petty stuff. And for this reason, we found ourselves moving from the home from which we thought we would never leave. We are happy with our new home. But it was a time consuming project. It took a two year chunk of precious time.
For those of you whose lives have been touched by cancer our deepest sympathies. And the 3 out of 5 of us that have not been touched? Please count your blessings and think beyond thee current TV comedies on the “Big C”. They just touch the tip of the iceberg. For anyone wanting to understand more about the impact on lives and the need for more public awareness this is a must read http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/sep/19/the-big-c-cancer-tv

This blog began in April, 2006 as www.webb-blog.fr written in French with a translation in English. It, along with my site www.deniswebb.fr did very well. That was all fine, but traffic to my English sites: www.deniswebb.com and this blog remained quite low. Easy to understood why: it was essentially a copy of the translations in the French blog. Aside from the fact that these are two quite different publics it appears in the blog that the articles where written over a period of a couple of months when in fact it was over a two year period.

I’ve been on a artistic path from a young age and I feel I’ve been fortunate. In my opinion, fame and notoriety are traps for the unwise. Autonomy, integrety, and direct contact with a smaller circle brings balance and perspective. For many years this has worked for me. Many, much more talented than I, have attempted to make big changes or pursue that chimaera called success only to be subdued by an unrestained ego. (Here is an interesting, if not brilliant, video by Elizabeth Gilbert about nurturing creativity → http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html)

For a long time humanity has struggled to break the chains of history. Creativity and the historical view are the antagonists. My heart is warmed when I see a young person like Elizabeth Gilbert thinking and speaking clearly.

Remember, we paint who we are so keep your brushes wet.

In art,
denis

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