Play is one of the best gifts we receive as children. Being able to play activates a lot of good things. The freedom of composing narrative at the point of utterance, making stories without rehearsal. Spontaneity. Making connections. Flow, and creativity.
Watch young children at play and youâ€™ll notice they concentrate so fully that theyâ€™re oblivious to the confines of time and space.
This is what we can learn from Lady Gaga. She takes her work seriously, but she does it in the manner of play. Gagaâ€™s songs are like nursery rhymes, they have simple phrasing so are easy to remember, like those chants we used as kids when we jumped rope.
And seriously, appearing in a dress made of meat?
Critics might say Gagaâ€™s simplification of the issues and ideas she wears (the meat, the egg palanquin) might be, well, childish.
Childish is a term Adora Svitak reflected on in her TED talk, where she mentions what happens when children are asked to create. Kids were asked to draw designs in a program called Kids Design Glass at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. One of the designs was Bacon Boy, who has meat vision.
Kids have the audacity, when they play, to make ideas that are uninhibitedly creative.
Imagine what you could do if you approached your photography like a kid would, like Gaga would, in the manner of play.
Youâ€™d be free.
Youâ€™d be focused.
Youâ€™d be fearless.
And youâ€™d have loads of fun.
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