Thoughts

The Creative Base

I keep exploring the many definitions of beauty, creativity and female empowerment. And now also through photography. I have been interested in this area for quite a while but just recently rediscovered my passion for portrait and nature photography. And I always used to love Street photography. 
It has been said as a photographer you need to be creative, and as a model, you need to be beautiful and as an entrepreneur, you need to be empowered. But what do these words actually mean to you?


Creative? YES. Conventional? Maybe

Empowerment. I choose this term instead of feminism, as I feel that this has been misused a lot. And I feel empowerment should adapt to anybody, no matter what gender. So maybe we should just call it Strength. Period. Because everybody has a different definition of success, admiration, and social belonging. What I imply by that is the unconditional opportunity - to change, transform and expand. 
A personal example: I write about how I am a polymath . That I work as a blogger, model, behaviour therapist and more. I can be awkwardly shy and strange and in the next moment a social butterfly. 
A fact is, that most people are polymaths but through decades of social conditioning have been internalizing the fate of being a certain way that appears to be permanent. 

 

Beauty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and can't be defined by me or anybody else. Biologically beauty is a universal language that conveys information about health and fertility. So whatever characterizes a person as a suitable mating partner and being good for bearing, upbringing and protecting children can be defined as ‚external beauty‘ or being attractive. And these standards are universal and do not fully depend on the culture or social norms. Example: Healthy, clear skin indicates a healthy person with a good immune system and energy.  On the other hand, even the biological approach can't be solely the answer when it comes to defining beauty. We have to admit we are the product of our social environment and not only biological reasoning explain what we define as beautiful. Social norms, classism, sexism, and racism always played a big part of defining beauty.  Over centuries certain features have been promoted as beautiful, while others have been promoted as ugly. Therefore it is clear that beauty, as we define it in out today's society is healthy influenced by social norms, classism, racism, and sexism.

 

Creativity

Same as beauty, creativity can't be defined per se. As creativity needs space to grow I realized that disconnecting for any forms of mind-altering sources (TV, Internet, other people and the constant stream of information) can be in favour. You rarely get creative when bombarded with information. There is a reason why so many people got their best ideas when taking a shower or even in their dreams.  Inspiring ideas some mostly when out mind is free and not altering by environmental distractions. And to be honest, everything can be creative 💫

If your London based and are interested in joining the project let me know @leavisual

 

SOME of my recent projects. You can find More HERE: Leavisual

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The Unsocial Traveller In Me

Why I am unsocial while travelling

Summertime is vacation time. And I love to share and to see what people are doing when they are at new places. I normally share as much as possible for my blog when I have a chance. But this time I realized didn't upload anything from what I do or saw or did in the last couple days. No screenshot of the book I am reading, the fancy Marple syrup latte I tried for the first time, the skyline of the city from far away while sitting at the lake and seeing the sun slowly going down. Now snaps of what I ate or my face.

I didn't check my phone.  I didn't write into my WhatsApp groups to update everybody of what I am doing. Why not? Am I antisocial and forgetting everybody?

Not really, I just take the new environment all in. Because I couldn't be bothered to buy a SIM card for this country I only have internet on my phone when I get to a wifi spot. This leads to many moments of "where the fuck am I? Lost in the city again! " asking strangers for directions and moments without the comfortable distractions at the reach of your phone. Digital detox. Not being available feels so good. Not having the obligation to share my day.

And be refreshed when getting to the business. Because all the ideas are flowing now. Creativity needs space, silence and time to grow and to develop.

 

Why Creativity needs Isolation 

Some people tend to get really productive when they are on a plane. Because with no internet that can distract us, we start to use our creativity again. When was the last time you felt bored, alone, awkward in a social situation or even just a tiny little bit uncomfortable and you did not reach out for your phone for some comfort?

 

When Social Awkwardness takes over

We all know it. We are sitting in a room full of people, the public transport or even at a friends house. And everybody has their phone in the hand. Starring at the screen. Isolating through your headphones. No doubt, I love to get my morning commute going with some privacy of my own music. And I don't want to skip that at all. But I bet you have been in a surrounding where you grabbed your phone maybe because you didn't know what to say anymore, or you felt that everybody else was doing something super important on their phone. Or you wanted to connect to somebody but didn't know how so that's when you took your phone and showed them a funny video you just gave a like a minute before. I think it's not that bad to endure some social awkward occasions once in a while. And to deal with people the old school way. Either you just blankly ignore the fact/person that is caused the awkwardness or you can try to solve it with some offline chatting. I am out ✌🏾

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