God how I long for an editor. While finding artistic muse is not easy, be it a person, a thing, or a concept that sparks inspiration that task is not nearly as difficult as another. This insurmountable, almost impossible task I speak of is finding an editor. Another voice outside your own head that can direct your own editorial viewpoint, decisions, and ultimately the final shape of something.
These editorial voices abound in commercial endeavors of any type. They are all over the place before, during, and after making the work. So much so you want to silence them in many cases, especially if they conflict with your own vision. They are nowhere in any sort of personal work. Of course the requirements for such a person would be extremely narrow. Personal work should first and foremost reflect your own voice and part of that is of course editorial in terms of what ultimately ends up as the thing.
Part of the whole notion of personal projects is of course silencing all of the editorial voices but there does come a time where it gets difficult. Most of that difficulty in selection and culling comes down to a big question — does it even matter? Is it a flip of a coin? Sometimes it may come down to a meta-physics psychological game; What if I didn't make that other picture? If not then it definitely would be this one here! Then again maybe I want to be in that other quantum universe where I did exactly the opposite.
Editorially I am confident enough to know if it really doesn't matter — I think. Let's pretend I am given there are hundreds of circumstances where I make images I love, think will fit, and are so close and convey an intent the same way that I just choose with no needless waffling. Then there are the choices I struggle with.
Now let's pretend I have to make a choice between those three images above as one of my final selections for inclusion in this project. I am nowhere near that point yet and I'm way to early to know but this or something extremely similar will be where I struggle, delay, and endlessly second-guess. Hell, even if this were the only set I made for the entire project I would't include all three. Maybe it doesn't matter?
Okay maybe three's too many two should be easier right. Let's put this one off and just look at something else. How about two from the same set that I would include if this were the only thing I made.
Definitely one of these. That one with that eye the way it is up there. I really like that one a lot. Just right sorta. Or that other one down there with the hands and tiny bit of expression.
Certainly not both anyway you cut it. I'm sure if all of you were in a room right now the cacophony of input and opinion and rationale would not be helpful. Anyone out there found a way to deal with this on your projects? A treasure trove of people with just the right editorial voice that would actually help? Maybe a secret? Or does it just come down to flipping coins?