“I am a part of all that I have met…” Ulysses by Lord Alfred Tennyson
What defines originality? Setting out to explore this topic, I quickly realized the simple complicated truth: Everything and nothing is original. Each new idea is spun from a web of past experiences and knowledge.
For instance, can anything claim to be more original then the light bulb. And yet, even Edison’s idea is not original. It’s a thought born from the sun, passed onto the candle, until it became the light bulb.
I realize now, my personal quote “I love all things original“, is fundamentally flawed and probably the result of having heard something from a forgotten source. What I should say is, “I love all things”, for everything is connected, everything is a part of something else. Therefore, originality is beyond any definition I can provide for you.
So I decided to transform this question into my monthly E.Y.D Photo Blog hoping it will spark some illuminating thoughts. To compliment these Social media photos, I have added a few appetizers to meditate upon… Each photo was tagged under Originality, and links directly to the Artists kind enough to share their work on Flickr
Can you define Originality? Drop me a comment with your thoughts on what originality is to you, or just add one idea you think is original.
E.Y.D Photo Blog Part I : The beauty of photography captured in a kiss
E.Y.D Photo Blog Part III : Enchanting Autumn incantations of sublime seasonal change
E.Y.D Photo Blog Part II: orig·i·nal·i·ty
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.” Shakespeare
Pronunciation: \?-?ri-j?-?na-l?-t?\ Function: noun Date: 1742
1 : the quality or state of being original 2 : freshness of aspect, design, or style 3 : the power of independent thought or constructive imagination
Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep. ~ Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, 1750
“A quality given to ideas expressed as unique, novel or different from any other previously recognized ideas of a similar nature.”
There is just one life for each of us: our own. ~ Euripides
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” Herman Melville
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. ~ Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss
“Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.” Thomas W. Higginson
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Confucius
“Utter originality is, of course, out of the question” Ezra Pound
“Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it”
. Laurence J. Peter
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. ~ Oscar Wilde, De Profundis, 1905
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius & it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring…” ~unknown
If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. ~ Author Unknown
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. ” C. S. Lewis
Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. Voltaire
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. ~David Carradine
“You’ve gotta be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?” Bernadette Peters
“Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality” Kahlil Gibran
Related Post: E.Y.D Photo Blog Part I : The beauty of photography captured in a kiss