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Searching for clues of Vivian Maier’s long time undisclosed photographic work, it would be easy to argue: “She was an odd fish, no wonder she couldn’t relate to whatsoever audiences. Maybe she wasn’t ready for it.”

Vivian Maier odd personality
But truth be told, no one of us is ready for success and public exposure until those things reach us. Excavating Vivian Maier’s unseen, gigantic body of work provides insights into the kind of barriers that can block the release of creative potential – not only in her specific case, but on a more general level as well.

Vivian Maier creativity hidden photographic work
To anticipate the most blatant difficulty of visual publishing: it usually requires professional teamwork a layman doesn’t have access to. Important transitions are to be made: for a photographer, from the adventurous on-site shooting to the more tedious task of archiving and structuring the content for publishing, followed by its promotion and release. Without these transitions from creating to administrating and releasing the outcome, a project never becomes publishable.

Vivian Maier creativity productive output chaos
As Vivian Maier’s legacy exemplifies, the problem of an isolated creation gradually blows up.

Vivian Maier creativity stacking problem
(tbc)

At this year’s Berlin film festival Berlinale, John Maloof’s documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” touched me most in my own experience of being creative. Vivian Maier is one of those antiheroes most of us probably wouldn’t have liked, had we met her personally. Many statements of people who knew her evidence what an awkward person she must have been – a gifted street photographer hidden in the body of a nanny.

Vivian Maier urban offside Chicago
Where did Vivian Maier’s clandestine visual work in the streets of Chicago stem from? More importantly, how could such a talent unveiled posthumously by the assiduous work of others remain completely unacknowledged during her lifetime?

Vivian Maier trash puppet
In the following posts I will alternate my sketch notes of the film with key insights Vivian Maier’s story provides about creative production in general.

manga comic drawing storytelling workshops

All of the images shown above were done by participants of my workshops. I added gray shading and texture to enhance the visual effect. Special thanks to Kilian, Ania, Kasia, Pavel, Ricardo, Danica and many, many others for inspiring, great contributions!

Upcoming workshops in Berlin @ VHS Tempelhof Schöneberg:

manga illustration (09.11.2013 – 10.11.2013)

storyboarding (23.11.2013 – 24.11.2013)