The Joy of your own discovery.
Reflecting on my time in the Orbital Bootcamp
led by Gary Chou
, I realize that so much of the process of breathing life into a project is the journey of self discovery. Gary mentioned at our last class that he studied Photography under Emmet Gowin at Princeton University and how Emmet’s philosophy about picture making touched on the idea of midwifing a photograph and how it will reveal itself when it is ready.
This is so similar to the idea of creating and launching a startup.
The process is messy and uncertain. There are many twists and turns in the maze and once you test and try one idea out, many other assumptions may not work anymore. I have had to remain open with a beginner’s mind to living the questions and being open to answers that were not obvious or expected. I have also learned that it is ok not to know the answer right away. This process takes time and involves trial and error experimentation.
In a conversation with fellow photographer, John Paul Caponigro, Emma Gowin discussed the idea of being trapped within an experience
and how it often leads to authentic self discovery:
”But that’s a parental emotion at work when one says I don’t want a student to be trapped. The truth is, I’d be perfectly happy if they would be “trapped” within the experience their own authentic difficulties. If they would be trapped on their own, then any freedoms they discovered would be their own. Which is what interests me, because I believe that the joy of your own discovery is what confirms your own aliveness, your own value." -EG
So here is the kicker, while I am a STUDENT at Orbital Bootcamp trying to launch my idea of smART box adventures, an online art class for kids celebrating the journey of art making coupled with a subscription art box of supplies to coordinate with each lesson (and eventually an online art gallery for children to share their work), I am also a TEACHER who wants children to experience art in an unbridled and free way, celebrating the journey of creating. As a student I have hit walls, needed to stay open to new experiments and findings and pivot when needed. This is exactly what I expect my own students to do…to explore and stay open and flexible and respond creatively. It has been interesting to be on both sides of the equation. The learning is balanced and leads to great self discovery.