By no means am I an acolyte of French Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, but occasionally he said something that resonated with me.
“A man’s work is nothing more or less than a slow trek to rediscover through the detours of art, the two or three great and simple images in the presence of which his heart first opened.”
Cinematographers…consider this closely!
Long experience has proven that unless we’re acting as complete automatons, the motivation for many of the choices we make on the job originate deep within ourselves, from a place we rarely acknowledge exists, let alone are aware of. Sometimes we’re right and other times not so much; that’s why the arc of a career is called a ‘journey.’ We pick up and discard, we examine and endure. Hopefully, most importantly, we grow.
I used to blanch when at various points in my career someone chided me to enjoy the process. Now, I wish I hadn’t been so dismissive. The present moment is all we can be certain of, and hailing back to Sartre’s origin claim, brings a rare clarity.
Indeed, it signifies the match that ignited a never-ending blaze!