graphis motif

I love imagery, and the joys it delivers are often unexpected.  Like working on notes at 5:00 a.m. and suddenly seeing more in your notes than just …notes.

This morning at Dunkin Donuts–my usual early morning haunt–I was struck: not with an epiphany or brilliance.  Rather, I was whacked with the sheer force of the mundane.

As I jotted down summaries and lists, I noticed my note paper’s texture, exaggerated by the light angle, mixed with the graphis motif  of quick etchings made by my favorite pen (Pilot G-2, Bold, Black–such a lovely ride!). The visceral impact of this prompted a close-up photo with my iPhone.  Further delight: discovering that I could zoom in so closely.  So I took a picture of a few words on paper.  Why?

I’m not alone in getting excited about visual trivia.  My distant-mentor and kindred spirit, Walt Disney,  had plenty of these moments.  I recall one unique incident from his biography.  Young Walt was spellbound one morning as he studied the complex patterns made by the gooey contrails of maggots on a trash can lid.  Of course, the average person would recoil at such a yucky sight; yet Walt was enthralled; and I totally get it.  We’re a lonely breed, perhaps.

Back to Dunkin and notepaper… still vibrating from the otherwise pointless stimuli of texture, ink, lighting, and the macro capabilities of my phone camera, I took the task further with a mini-Photoshop app in my phone.  The two images, now nestled within this post, present no empirical value to the average viewer, no particular meaning for anyone.  They are not award-winning images; they are just zoom-ins on life stuff.  But the process provided satisfaction to the guy who jotted the note, noticed the texture, and took time out to make something so very inconsequential become an “event”–even a published work, regardless of how pedestrian it may be.

After decades of enduring production pressures and grappling with problem solving as a professional filmmaker, it’s no surprise that gratification comes with totally unimportant musings that pose no burden or demands.

And so I guess that’s what makes blogging so enjoyable.  The pressure’s off, no clients to please. The task is to merely capture a moment and publish it to the world–just because it’s fun.