this isn’t a blog, it’s an atlas.

Gerhard Richter’s Altas [source]

I haven’t been writing much on this notebook the last 6 months and that’s mostly because I didn’t know what to make of it. It felt important, but I couldn’t quite see the vision, so I set it aside for a while.

Then I heard about Gerhard Richter’s Atlas project which he has been doing since the 60’s (!). What is this atlas? Richter sums it up so beautifully as [things that are] “…somewhere between art and garbage and that somehow seemed important to me and a pity to throw away.”

It’s a collage-like collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, and objects that Richter found important and assembled into organized sheets (800 so far).

When I saw that, I realized that’s what I want this space to be, a digital collage of things that I find interesting… My own journey and development, insights and ideas worth sharing, drawings, works in progress, music I’m making, code I’m writing… long-form essays juxtaposed with cheap shots from my camera roll, and whatever else I want to document and share.

That’s why I’ve decided to call it a notebook, because I see it as just that – a place to document everything that feels important to me and worth recording. I find that vision for this notebook so exciting and I can’t wait to start using it in that way.

Ultimately I don’t know if you will find any of this interesting, but the one thing I have learned in years and years of creating content is that no one else will find your work worthwhile if you aren’t enjoying creating it. So I’ll trust that process and start filling this “atlas” with the things I enjoy. We’ll see how it goes.

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