This is only a temporary post since these are pictures of my pictures.
I think of my imagination as an ever growing tree. It grows from year to year, month to month, week to week, day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute, and even second to second. This idea of an imagination tree came to me so I decided to create one for this project. This is a paper mache tree I made as a representation of the imagination. Then hanging on the imagination tree are little sparks of the imagination. These sparks are represented by origami cranes. These sparks of the imagination happen almost constantly, even for the smallest of thoughts the imagination is used. I would have liked to been able to show that with more origami cranes, but as I did have a time restriction I could not make enough cranes to show the use of imagination. I hope expressing my imagination and view of imagination can spark yours.
REBECCA C. LAMB
I never thought of myself as being “good” or “talented” at something. There were always plenty of things that I enjoyed doing – from drawing, to singing, to acting – but none that were exceptional, none that I could call my “form of expression.” You’ve asked us to express our imagination and to show how we experience it. Well, I can’t say mine takes an outward expression; however I have a deep inward imagination and appreciation thereof. For me, the imagination is a manifestation of my thoughts, ideas, and feelings. And when it builds up, I release it in a form of art expression.
Take for example my work in theater – I have been in at least a dozen shows, but I would hardly say I am a brilliant actor, and I am far from the best singer. But they are things I enjoy still, they are things that I keep doing and trying my best at. Along with what I am currently writing, I have included pictures of shows I’ve been in over the past six or seven years that I’ve been doing theater. For most of them, I was never a lead. In fact, I’ve only ever had one lead – and that was Hugo in “Bye Bye Birdie” – which isn’t even that big of a part in the first place.
But I don’t care if I’m good or talented, I’ve come to the point in my life that I am just going to express myself and let my imagination run wild. When I am on a stage, I can imagine worlds. Playwrights, authors, storytellers – they all created worlds and they told a message to an audience. They allowed for people to enter into their imagination. And as an actor, I am able to portray their imagination, which frankly, just seems pretty damn cool. As an actor, I am able to embody a whole new person in a whole new world, with a whole new life. The idea of that is so confounding that I cannot imagine ever coming up with it on my own, so I don’t try.
As I said before, I try my hand at everything: writing, drawing, acting, singing – but none are my forte. I am fine with being a jack of all trades, and a master of none.
To help explain my imagination, I took 8 pictures, three of which are connected.
These are the 6 different moments that I decided to capture: (From left to right, top to bottom)
1. A store front named Creative Endeavors and a fire escape
2. 3 images spanning the windowsill in my dorm room
3. Skittles, starbursts, Twix, a glow stick, change, a few bills, and an open face-down journal
4. The contents on my pocket
5. Myself wedged in the air between two walls
6. My empty closet after packing up to move home. Only a guitar remains.
Each is different, unique, and thought provoking. They’re simple yet complicated. Easy to explain but hard to fully comprehend. They make you ask ‘why,’ ‘how,’ and ‘what if.’ Not only do they give form to my imagination, but they also spark it. I do not consider myself as creative in one field or another, but creative as a whole. I am a dreamer and an imaginer.
I feel like my imagination could take up residence in a place like the first image because it longs for creative endeavors. My windowsill shows how scattered and all over the place, but oddly organized, my imagination is. It makes a puzzle out of every situation and makes things fit together that other wise would not. The image of the candy etc. shows a sweet side to my imagination. It’s colorful, tasteful, and bursting with hyper energy (probably from all the sugar….). My imagination is also like a pocket. Anything can come out of it, and that’s usually the case with my pockets. I carry everything with me and produce what people need quite quickly a lot of the time. But it’s also disorganized quite often gets sidetracked. The image of me climbing a wall shows how anything is possible through the imagination. Something you think isn’t possible can be accomplished when handed over to the imagination, and I fully think that’s true, or nothing that we have now that we didn’t have 100 years ago would be here. Finally, I present an empty closet. Anything can be put into it, stored, and reexplored, it is an empty space that takes what you give it to make something new. (individual pieces of clothing become an outfit). And it can be used for anything, not just what first comes to mind. A closet is meant to store clothes, but why not keep a guitar there? Like wise, why not use the imagination in every aspect of life? I do.
The imagination is a void- everything and nothing. It can create and destroy. It can be used for any reason to reach any means, even if it’s just to get lost in thought and kill time. The imagination can be connected and affected by everything you encounter and through think about.
Photography is one of my greatest passions. In high school, people would refer to me as “camera girl.” I can be very shy, but I always find comfort behind the lens of a camera. For that reason, photography is one of my favorite ways to express myself.
A photograph is taken from the photographer’s point of view. Therefore, the viewer is able to see exactly what the photographer sees. We often take pictures to capture memories, beauty, and things that simply catch our attention. If you gave ten people cameras and asked them all to photograph the same room, none of their pictures would be exactly the same. That is because we find different things interesting based upon our imaginations.
I also love editing my photographs. As we all know by looking at magazine covers or photos on the internet, many photographs are far from reality. While I try not to edit to that degree, it is possible to edit absolutely anything one can imagine in/into a photo. It is also possible to change what the focus of a photograph, which alters its entire meaning.
All of these aspects or photography and editing relate back to the imagination. Above are photographs that I have taken over the past few years. By looking at them, you will be able to see the world, in part through my own eyes. However, keep in mind that as you look at these photographs, your own imagination is still at work.
This is my imaginative place.
This is the place that I think of to be able to get in the mindset of creating something. It is as much me and my home as anything can possibly be. This ‘tree house’ is composed of my own body and it is shaped from where my home is.
I feel that this is an accurate representation of my imagination because my imagination is shaped so much from where I have lived and my own biology and what makes me who I am.
I drew this with a Micron 03 pen on two pieces of 14 x 17 bristol paper. I then colored it in with prismacolor colored pencils.
H A I R ! ~ Sabrina Clayton
Over the years I have had many different hair styles. I like to change my style every 4 weeks or so. They (my different styles) allow me to be someone new. I LOVE changing up my style. It has now become somewhat of a challenge to find a new style every month in order to take myself somewhere I’ve never been. I’m actually in the creative process now of trying to figure out where my hair and I will travel to; I can’t wait to take the journey. My hair styles over the years is a DEFINITE accurate representation of my imagination ! ^_____^
Getting somewhere is only half the fun, it’s the journey that counts. Your imagination is your guide. Get out there.
Art and photography are the hobbies in which I use my imagination. Most of the pieces that I create are influenced by nature because nature has been a part of my life since I was young. Here is a slideshow of some of the photographs and art pieces that I have created in the past few years. Enjoy!
-Danielle Le Roux
While my imagination is very broad and impacts all areas of my life, the area where it impacts the most is in my writing and art. Since I cannot post a full novel here (and I would not want to anyway), I will post some of my drawings that originate from my novel. These drawings may represent characters, situations in the novel, or emotional impressions; these drawings are all from my imagination and my imagination only : nothing is stenciled, nothing is copied, every detail in these drawings was done by hand.
Some of these drawings date back four or five years ago, while others are very recent. The differences between the earlier drawings and the later drawings can be found in the level of detail, the proportions, and the amount of space on the page the drawing takes up (newer drawings tend to take up the entire page, while older drawings tend to take up only a portion of the page).
These drawings catalog the growth of my imagination in the area of my drawings and, in relation, with my novels. I am only sorry that my artistic ability does not always live up to the images I have in my mind.
The following pictures go in chronological order, from the earliest to the most recent :