Are We Documenting?
Sacred duty being an artist? Well many may debate upon this but one thing or another the need to document. 2020 have not been the year we have planned. Well it started with so much positives but with the rapid rise of COVID-19 around the globe, we are in the midst of a pandemic. As of today close to 200K lives have been taken and 2.6 million people are affected worldwide. A salute to the healthcare and medicine professionals around the globe for their relentless effort to heal the world. Following the question rises again and again.
We are indeed what can be told may be one of the toughest times of our career as a person who creates content. Well artist can be of many forms as of 2020. End result is the content we create. The power to make something from scratch, which makes us unique in a manner, may be Almighty put a pinch of creation salt into our braincells.
Words are just words until they are chained into sentences which forms from Novella to Novels, A humming can turn into a piece of soul touching music to our ears, scattered touches of brush in a canvas can be organised to a meaningful sketch, a piece of techy gear can turn into a storytelling mechanism which we call a camera, let it be still or moving, simple frames compiled can be translated into a cinema and what not. The power of creation, the method of turning anything to a reliable content, comes with the responsibility from creative individuals.
It has been 10 days I’m hosting a series of Social Media Live Events. To have a discussion with quarantined individuals / family, I came to know how they have pressed their creative button to ON. May it be the writer, Rashat Rahman Zico Bhai who have already written close to 40,000 words for his upcoming book to be released in 2021, May it be the acclaimed musician Zohad Reza Chowdhury of Nemesis, working on their new compositions and creating acoustic versions of their well acclaimed songs from home let’s create.
Digital content creators have the power to form any digital media, let it be art, illustration, sketches, to document these unusual days of Pandemic. Tanmoy Cartoons, a favourite of mine is creating to remember the isolation days. Saud Al Faisal Bhai, who honoured me by joining in a 100 minute long discussion on photography have indulged himself in doing sketches from scratch.
Photographers around the world have documented history in the timeless manner, since the image capture box camera have invented. Considering the risk factor, or boredom which creates the creative block, we can start documenting our family. A simple project called ‘Home’ can be initiated in any form of documenting; photographs, videos, blogs, sketches, illustrations, music and what not. I’ve attached a set of images I’ve been taking for the past 3 weeks using my cell phone during this stay home period. Families, pet, sky, from the window and what not, we miss the countless moments forming around us. We forget to document.