Book report

Creativity and Flow

I came to Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, thinking that I already knew what it was.

A fairly dense, though canonical and oft-cited academic work on the psychology of the “flow state”: that rare, almost reverent state of creativity in which the practitioner is totally immersed in what they’re doing.

In this “flow state,” as I understood it, skills are perfectly matched with challenges, and a kind of elevated consciousness is achieved that borders on transcendence. I know this state intuitively; it’s what I often experience when “in the zone,” creatively speaking.

After reading the book, I realised that it covers a lot more.

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Photography

Sutro Baths

In Land’s End, the coastal area on the western fringe of San Francisco, sits the ruins of the Sutro Baths. Over a century ago, this was the world’s largest swimming pool complex, but over time it fell into disrepair, and then in 1966 was destroyed by fire.

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Parentoons

The transfer of power…

… according to an 8-year-old.

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Photography, Travel

Cliffs of Moher

On the west coast of Ireland sit the famous Cliffs of Moher, otherwise known as the Cliffs of Insanity from the movie The Princess Bride. On this day, we were lucky enough to be there for a spectacular sunset, when the place was devoid of the usual throngs of tourists.

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Photography

Luna Park, Sydney

In the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge sits an old and somewhat run-down amusement park: Luna Park Sydney. Made famous by its giant clown-faced entrance, the park is a fantastic place to take colourful photos.

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