The importance of goofing off is something that never really gets expounded upon, which is just sad. A lot of the time, it’s even frowned upon. But I think goofing off, like most things in life, is good when used in moderation (and downright valuable at times). This is especially important when it comes to doing what you love for a living. The saying goes, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s awesome for the 2% of people this applies to, but I (like the majority of people, I’d wager) get tired/bored/frustrated sometimes even doing the things I love. It just happens.

I don’t see this as a bad thing. It’s kind of like writers block. And the only way to overcome writers block is to write. Stop thinking and just write. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily equal “goofing off” to some people, but for me, that’s exactly what I need to do in order to turn reboot my brain and get the creative juices flowing again. Too often I find myself adhering to ideals or ways of thinking (I pretty much said the same thing twice, didn’t I?) that just shouldn’t constrain people with creative jobs or hobbies.

But I’m a dork, so it’s not enough for me to just “think outside the box.” I need to draw a face on the box and laugh at it (even if the box is myself). Confusing? Good.

Now we’re on the same page…

These were taken at the end of an already experimental shoot just to have even more fun and goof off. Even though they were at the end of the shoot, they gave me lots of ideas for other experiments to try in the future.

Thanks to Max for the assist on these!

Self Lightpainting Portrait 1

Self Lightpainting Portrait 2