Posted by: Liz Massey | October 29, 2008

Surf’s Up: Creativity Links for October 29, 2008

Photo courtesy SXC.

Halloween photography tips, a site that marries documentary photography and storytelling for a good cause, and a thought-provoking post on how children’s creativity gets quashed, plus a couple of juicy bonus links, are on the menu today in our always-delicious, ever-evolving linkfest celebration of creativity.

1. Friday is Halloween, a holiday that lends itself to all sorts of art, especially visual art. If you want to do more than just take a couple of quick snapshots of the kids or grandkids in their costumes, take a look at these Halloween photography tips from the Digital Photography School blog. The blog offers detailed tips for taking more interesting Halloween photos, covering both subject-matter and technical concerns.

2. My second link this week comes courtesy of an old school chum: Roger Burks was in bands with me throughout high school. Recently, we reconnected via Facebook, and I learned about a terrific site (and project) that Roger, whose day job is writing for Mercy Corps, is involved with, Pictographers.

Pictographers is a humanitarian project, which uses documentary photography and storytelling to (as their website tells it) “connect the world’s most vulnerable populations to those who can help them, using the combined power of words and photographs.” You can see collaborative and individual examples of Roger and co-founder Thatcher Cook’s work on their portfolio page, and you can sign up for a workshop slated for January on documentary field techniques.

The Pictographers site is inspirational, educational and a fine example of a worthy project, which combines personal (and professional!) meaning-making with an artistic endeavor.

3. Tammy at Daisy Yellow blog recently posted a thought-provoking entry on the ways in which our school system (among others!) erodes children’s creativity.

I was particularly interested in her mention of Marvin Bartel’s Ways Not to Kill Classroom Creativity, which highlights the role of the teacher in building or eroding creativity. Bartel notes that “image flooding” or showing too many examples can be intimidating and suggestive, creating slicker work but weaker creative thinking skills and unique ideas.

Tammy provides several other links and a great story about her preschool daughter’s adamant assertion of her creative vision, so take a look and ponder the ways in which we might use this information to promote, rather than crush, the imaginations of our youngest artists.

Bonus Links! (both courtesy of Create & Live Happy)

NaNo for the New and the Insane
November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and Lazette Gifford has written a guide for successfully surviving this challenge!

How to Find Art Supplies at Thrift Stores

From Zura at the Creative Clown blog.


  1. Thank you for linking to my post. Love the way you think! ~Zura

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