Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Introductions: Tynan

Hello, everyone, I’m Tynan. Some of you may know me through real life (aka, not the internet), but for the sake of retaining some of my anonymity, I’m Tynan here.  This little post is going to be a small introduction for you.

I’m a young woman stuck in her life. Or at least, that’s how I feel. A love for art has always been in my blood; my grandmother was a fantastic illustrator & painter, all of my cousins have artistic bones in some fashion, my grandfather did photography for years. I grew up being encouraged to draw and color and embrace that side of myself.

So, naturally, I went to “art” school.

While I was there, I took a couple photography classes, and that’s when I really fell in love. Passionately. I started collecting cameras, experimenting with digital and film, trying to convey to other people the way my twisted little brain saw the world. It was an outlet, an escape, and I loved it.

Two years in, I left, for a variety of reasons. Turns out school isn’t one of my strong suits. From that point, my art started disappearing. I could barely bring myself to touch my camera, much less use it. It dwindled down and down and down, til I went months without even pulling my camera out of the case.

It’s hard, losing a passion like that, letting a flame go out like that.

A couple nights ago, Brittany and I were having a conversation over Skype (this girl is my art!soulmate, guys, she’s brilliant), and I was telling her about how I was having a hard time just existing recently. She said I had to have a reason to get out of bed each morning that was a happy reason, not to get up and go to my dead-end job. She suggested something like the 30 day poetry challenge she had completed recently, but tailored more towards something I felt strongest with. The conversation evolved, and voila, here we are, with 28 to Create.

I’m hoping that following through with this challenge will help reignite that spark of creativity inside of me, to help find that passion again.  To give me a reason to get out of bed each morning (cause some days, that’s really hard to do). I’m hoping that everyone who participates in this has a reason too, a reason they want to complete this, to inspire their art or to challenge themselves.

Most of my work will be dealing with photography, but I may or may not slip a little design into it. Sometimes I like to think I have an eye for typography, but more often than not, I don’t. So, we’ll see, I suppose. I’ll most likely be posting my images to my tumblr account, but if you guys track the tag “28 to Create”, you’ll see things pop up.

I’m excited to see the creativity of other people popping up. The imagination that people have is absolutely amazing to me, and I can’t wait to see what people come up with for the challenges.

A+ if you read through all of that, and let the challenge begin!


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