Musings on Photography

The Cult of Done

Posted in art is a verb, process, Solo Photo Book Month by Paul Butzi on March 27, 2009


SoFoBoMo is a way for us to make progress on the dream of doing a book. It’s a way to get something done. One of the tricks behind it is that by getting a book done, we free ourselves from the things that kept us from getting a bigger, better book – the one we really dreamed of – just plain done.

So, in some sense, this is particularly relevant: The Cult of Done Manifesto.

In particular the following items from the Manifesto seem appropriate:

Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.

Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.

The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.

Once you’re done you can throw it away.

Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.

People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.

Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.

Done is the engine of more.

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  1. Saradise said, on March 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I’m just getting into photography – I think the SoFoBoMo project sounds great! Is it too soon (since I literally am starting this journey today) to sign up to it – is this something I’ll need more experience to be a part of?

  2. Martin Doonan said, on March 28, 2009 at 2:27 am

    I’m not sure how well CoD relates to my photography but it’s sure going to do the rounds at work.

    On the picture here: a rather interesting departure from your work of late.

  3. Kjell H A said, on March 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I’m going to frame this and hang it at both my office and at home.

  4. rvewong said, on March 28, 2009 at 8:19 am

    How did I live to be so old without that elements of that wisdom?

  5. Chris Klug said, on March 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    There are many styles of photo blogs. Some post images and say nothing. Others talk a lot and occasionally post an image. Your style seems (intentionally or not) to get us thinking more about the issues you raise and less about the image itself. It often is more about Musings on Life than photography, which is wonderful. Sometimes it feels as if the image is an afterthought. However, as Martin mentions the image above, so shall I: this is a truly lovely image

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