In the past 2 years, I have been asked “how’s the photography going?” by many people and previous clients. For a while my explanation was that I had become too busy with my full time day job to actually pick up clients. While that may be true, over time the explanation changed to wanting to concentrate on my main roots of art and creativity.
Truth is that Lilly Pilly still exists, but is on a soul searching mission from behind the scenes. One of my last photography jobs, in late 2015, was something to prove to myself that I could still do it. The client chasing and building of the brand started to feel more like a chore rather than a passion. Occasionally I still pick up Snapz (my camera that means business) and go for a little visual adventure to help keep the skills intact, especially, if I want to build more on them in the future.
I have enjoyed all my previous experiences with my clients and got to know them a little bit more on a personal level, hear their stories and (with some) build something more than a business relationship. I have now come to a point where other avenues will be searched for and tested towards better a product/ gift to offer the world.
I would be lying if I said that everything I did was perfect and there would be nothing that I would go back and change if I had the opportunity. After going through the experiences that I had and jumping straight in the deep end in with minimal knowledge, experience and skills to back the idea up, I would defiantly go back to change certain things. For now, I will look back on those moments and use them as learning curves to do things differently.
What kind of soul searching have I done so far? Hard to say really, I have changed my drawing style dramatically over the past 6 years and creative ideas have evolved. From fluid organic flow abstract to straight lines, geometric shapes and angles, dots and bold colours. I have evolved my artistic style to interpret intuitive messages, emotions and dreams of the world that I am currently surrounded in.
The modelling alter ego, Ladiebug, is starting become less of a character name and more of an actual representation of an individual whose name is Tjanatja. In the recent shoot (that has remained unreleased at this stage) I have become a little more grounded in my appearance and bring to the front of the lens a different look at the person underneath the crazy make up, poses, abstract editing and masking. I will looking very forward to presenting this special series to all of you when the time is right after the full cycles of the project being finished.
I have started other little projects over time that incorporate my art in gift forms to be given others in celebration, gratitude and expression through the mediums of design and collage. I would like to expand more on these ideas as time goes on and be able to promote these gifts.
Over time I have grown a little more as an individual and made improvements/ changes to my lifestyle to help me to see more clearly and start making my own choices. Most of the bigger changes have been made in the past 2 years, however I get the sense that bigger changes are very close on the horizon for me personally and for the Lilly Pilly brand.
What other changes are on the horizon? Honestly, nothing is set in stone, especially with a ‘jungle gym’ like life. Ideally, I would like to expand and create ways for others to be able to express themselves in a way that is unique and bold. Help others see their own creativity and use that to their advantage. Changes in scenery to get a different perspective on inspiration. The combining of creative projects. The growth of Lilly Pilly, getting the name out there, creating a mission of using my gift to help others.
However, these goals can change as time goes on, and things maybe completely different.
In recent months, there has been the questioning of my career goals and paths. Am I on the right path? What are my values? What do I want to do? What do I love to do? What do I see myself doing that I love and is in line with my values? What don’t I like to do?
These questions have not been completely answered yet and this is ok. However, I have looked at other creative career paths that could have been potentially taken (or could be potentially taken) and realized that I was pushing for the idea of change and to take action too quickly. This is not something that can been seen or taken on straight away or lightly, it does take time, effort, searching and patience to find the right path for yourself.
To keep the ball rolling some short courses via online have been taken here and there, with more in the future. A course on how to learn efficiently was the first taken on (appropriately enough) and passed on a grade of 93.9% (if you are interested on taking this course or having a look, you can find the page https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn). I have previously attempted to complete the Biology of Music and Seeing History Through Photographs (a photography appreciation and critiquing course) courses, with no luck the first time and exited them after 1 week. In saying this, I did learn a little more about music and photography appreciation in the first week of these courses and I do hope to attempt them again in the near future.
Currently, I do have an interest in Personal Branding, self-improvement and redefying myself personally and the Lilly Pilly brand. So, along with these particular interests, a lot of soul searching is happening along with many changes and improvements to be made.
So what will be the next thing to come in line? I don’t know. I would like to be able to get all my different mediums of expression and put them together in a way that can help inspire others to reach within themselves to find their own creative outlets. From intuitively working within I would like to be able to assist others express themselves in ways that is new and bold for them. How will I do this? I still have not figured that bit out.
To my supporters, readers, clients (new and old), friends and family stay tuned, this will take time but I will try my best to keep you all informed of what is happening from behind the scenes.