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A few days ago, my childhood friend Daniel said that he never would have guessed I would be “right brained”. I knew he was talking about my newfound interest in photography but it was such a strange idea to me that people would either be artistically inclined or primarily logical. I had never given it much thought before but the other night, a woman asked me what my astrological sign was and being born on June 3, I responded, “a Gemini”. She commented that it made perfect sense that I would have dual personalities or minds or whatever.
Now, I’m not saying that I believe in astrology but to be approached with the same question of whether people are reasoners or creators is interesting to me. And the more I thought about it, the more I came to understand that the two are actually the same thing. One man’s logic is another’s art and vise versa. Take Neil DeGrasse Tyson as an example- he’s a modern genius in the hard science community. Some would argue that he’s “left brained” through and through. But to hear him talk about space and humanity as it relates to science is like listening to music. I have no doubt that the work he does, he considers artful and beautiful even though it’s more math than music.
So what it comes down to for me is beauty and passion. And everyone possesses each. It’s just a matter of what we think is beautiful. The great thing is that perspective dictates those opinions. To be able to shift your perspective and see something as beautiful and passionate, even if it isn’t culturally defines as art is a wonderful way to live life.
That brings me back to my new hobby. I recently picked up my first DSLR camera and learned how to use it well enough to start capturing some of the beauty I get to experience everyday. I’m posting some of my favorite shots on my personal Facebook page and as I learn more about the art form, it becomes more interesting and challenging.
So, if you see me wandering around clicking away at a show or on the street, don’t mind me. I’m just exploring another way to communicate with people and this happens fit the bill beautifully.
Oh yeah, if you’re in San Diego next Friday, it’d be great to see you at my “homecoming show” at Lestat’s. Gonna play some of those new songs I talked about.