As is the nature of one-liners, this quote attributed to Picasso only skims the service. But I like it and see some real value in it. I find that taste and creativity are often at odds even by definition.. as in personal preference vs originality. Please don’t take my taste away, I find it often is a rewarding guide. I am not saying I ignore my taste I just don’t wish to be creatively shackled by my taste. On a recent philosophy post the name of Leni Riefenstahl was used in a context that she and her work often inspires. But that is another story. What her work represents for myself is very personal. At the same time I was developing an obsession for photography Riefenstahl was publishing her work The Last of the Nuba, and then People of Kau. I was blown away by her work and found it inspirational. It was my taste at the time. Cool. I began to dig into her biography and other work. I was naïve and not interested in politics at the time so the political controversy surrounding her past had minimal impact on my opinion. I came across her Olympiad/Triumph film work and her Olympic photos. This work was clearly not to my taste. It was cold, formal, clinical, regimented and I thought lacked the power and nuance and engagement of her tribal work in Africa. But it was memorable, I never forgot it. Even now I can see the style and imagery in my minds eye. A few years past before I revisited her work. I explored the reasons that her Olympic work was haunting me. I began to discover how effective she had been in her direction and control of what was before her camera. In part, I think it was that very control that was in conflict to my taste. I set aside my taste and began to develop a respect for her ability to master her medium and convey her intent with rigid control. Such power. Once I allowed my taste to take a back seat there was an explosion of new styles and ideas for me to work with. Thanks to Riefenstahl for my discovering many new isms (constructivism, industrialism …yada), which led me to many great photographers and other artists. Early on, I taught myself a valuable lesson at art school. Pay attention when something implants a little voice in my head. At school I was directly exposed to many different styles and tastes. Many of those differences were not to my taste but they did speak to me and eventually opened doors. When I began to tune in to those whispers I found great rewards. I find I have to often set my taste aside and be less discriminating in what I allow in if I want to pursue ‘the flower unseen’. just a soapbox observation… on Picassos quote that I find value in. Do you?