Originally published Jan. 31, 2012
I have learned that my curiosity can lead to some interesting and often very rewarding places if I am wise enough to listen and follow it. As necessity is the mother of invention, I think that curiosity might be the mother of creativity. It is at least a very close relative.
Let me expound upon that thought with a specific example. We have about 50 stuffed, animated figures for the Christmas holiday. They were all lined up in 3 rows by the fireplace. Mysteriously, one of them, Santa Homer Simpson, made his way across the room to a small table. This table also happened to hold a plasma ball that my daughter received as a gift for her birthday. One day when I was coming down the stairs, I saw Homer facing the plasma ball and that is when I had a lightbulb (or was it a plasma bulb?) moment.
One thing led to another and ultimately the process reached a place where I was just photographing the plasma ball.
When it's cold outside or the budget is tight, it is fun to create an adventure using your own imagination and any available resources already in your possession. Here is to following your curiosity!
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.