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The Column is a monthly feature that explores the world of creativity and aesthetics.

Creativity and Place
Mike de Sousa, Director, AbleStable

Place defines our view and expression. Whether we are land lovers, mountain dwellers, or feel most at home on the open sea, place defines the bond we make with the world. Our surroundings have a profound affect on our mood, our work, and our play, and we are at our most creative when we are conscious of the influence of place.

We do not have to be in the place of our dreams to be productive. Creative work, whether personal, social, political or aesthetic is as much born out of struggle as contentment. Every place, ordinary or otherwise, leaves its mark. There may be times when the everyday territory we inhabit seems to bring little or no inspiration and our only thought is to escape to higher ground. In these moments I combat my fear of the familiar with a challenge to my inertia that I cannot resist: to find the extraordinary in the most unexpected of places. I am forever proved wrong in my perception there is nothing of further interest in a place "I know too well".

The photos below show a place rich with constant change. From dawn to dusk the sea laps the landscape lush with light. I have visited here on many occasions, and yet each scene is as new to me as a wave spreading its gifts onto the shoreline for the first time...

Click on an image below to view an enlarged version:

Before Sunrise: click to enlarge
New and Old: click to enlarge Seafront Walk: click to enlarge
Sky, Cliffs, and Water: click to enlarge
Rock Dance: click to enlarge Rescue by Moonlight: click to enlarge
Sea and Wave: click to enlarge
Pebbles and Wave: click to enlarge
Lookout: click to enlarge Tide Lines: click to enlarge
Gabriel at Sidmouth: click to enlarge


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Authors background
Mike de Sousa is the Director of AbleStable®. Mike has been commissioned as an artist, music composer, photographer, print and web site designer, and author. Mike is also the Creative Director of 2BrightSparks, a software company.

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