I’ve been having a recurring thought recently.
The first time was while I was watching A Clockwork Orange when this panning shot came up:
The music, visuals, the characters and storyline came together so well, and everything in the storyline was working together so well, it gave me goosebumps.
The next time that happened was while watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. This shot captured the same feeling:
More recently, a string quartet was playing in the lobby at work. Four musicians moving in perfect synchronicity playing the same thing. It was beautiful.
Above the individual performance though, whether it was a piece of art, a movie, or a musical performance, I realized that what I was admiring wasn’t the piece itself, but everything that must have gone on behind the scenes to bring it all together. Everything complementing everything else, and everything working together. Nothing is superfluous, and everything is there to serve a purpose.
It’s beautiful, and it’s what I try to do with my work.
It’s not easy though, it takes a ton of hard work and practice. It takes patience and perseverance and a self-critical eye to judge your work as you would just other people’s work. To those who have achieved that kind of refinement in their work, I applaud you, and hope to meet you there at some point.