Yesterday I published Vlog number 9. That’s been 9 weeks, and I’ve had fun. Inspired by a few of my friends – Gavin Bell, Roger Edwards & Vicky Gunn, I took the plunge, bought myself a Canon Powershot G7x, and got busy.
It’s also been a great excuse to binge-watch Casey Neistat and other YouTubers. I’ve got a tonne of ideas from watching them.
But isn’t this all a distraction from the work that I should be doing? That’s one way you could look at it.
However, I see it differently. I’m creating, and the only way you can learn is to do it. I’ve always been creative, but never found my ‘thing’. I’ve realised over the past few months that I’ve got a passion for photography and film. I bought my first DSLR camera just after we got back from New York in September, and have been busy getting used to it.
Vlogging gives me an output for my creative work. Yes, up until now I’ve been sharing my work in the vlogs, but that’s about to change. I’ve got into my rhythm with them now – storyboarding, filming, editing, choosing the music. It’s my creative outlet and I’m loving it.
I’ve been spending some time thinking about the purpose of the vlog. I could keep on showing you my work, documenting my week, but that doesn’t feel right or sustainable for the long term. So, I felt that the vlog needed to be about something more than just me. Then it hit me. Here I am in the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, working part-time as a Design lecturer, running a design business, and knowing a bunch of designers. That should be the focus – Design!
Design and Dundee. The people, places, and spaces that make this great City, alongside the broader world of design. So that’s the direction I’m going to head. It’ll still be based around my day, but this focus gives me a new creative direction to play with, plus a reason to hang out with some cool people.
What’s not to like?