No, not a popular clothes shop… a different kind of gap.
I‚Äôm not usually one for anecdotes, but this seems to run parallel to what I‚Äôm thinking:
When my dad was young, he loved jazz music. He bought himself a clarinet, and went to an tutor to learn how to play it. After he had the basics down, he asked the tutor to teach him to how play jazz, but the instructor said no. He said (paraphrased) ‚Äújazz is something you either have in you or you don‚Äôt ‚Äì you can‚Äôt learn it‚Äù and my dad sold the clarinet, completely disheartened that he couldn‚Äôt create the music he loved so much.
That little story came back to me the other day when I was musing over the difference between what I shoot, and what I want my work to turn out like. I wondered about the difference between the technical stuff – the craftsmanship – that you can learn over time and the theory – the heart of what you‚Äôre doing, the meaning. Can you strive to levels that are beyond your own creative inclinations? Does anyone else find that there‚Äôs a gulf between the work you admire and the work you create ‚Äì and it‚Äôs not a technical one? Is there any way to bridge that gulf, or is there a chance that it‚Äôs jazz, and you‚Äôre just able to play the scales?
I‚Äôve been mewling on about this for months now, and I don‚Äôt seem to be able to let it go. It‚Äôs incredibly frustrating.