As creatives, we feel technology is beyond our grasp, understood by those left brained scientific types and not meant for us artistic types.
And that’s the way I felt. It was a language I could not understand and I didn’t want to try. But life took an interesting turn in my late 50’s. I could no longer work at our family’s painting business, it was too physically demanding for an aging woman with fibromyalgia and chronic arthritis. Around the same time, my husband suffered a brain injury. And although thankfully, he recovered, financially, things looked sketchy.
I said that my husband recovered, but not completely. It looks months of therapy and years of healing. He is still not the quite the same, he was left with several physical and cognitive disabilities. While he was recovering and in a somewhat blissful state, (after all, he was still alive!), I was in panic mode.
What was I to do? We were still years away from retirement and I had no marketable skills. I could not hire a web developer or a social media consultant. I had to figure it out for myself.
In the process of learning how to navigate the world of technology, I discovered that it can be approached like any artistic medium, step by step, methodically, with a measure of trial and error. I began to see it as a tool to create my artistic vision. I discovered that it is more about our perception of the tool than it is our ability.
And I began to form a love for the medium as I already had with many other artistic mediums, from fiber art and macrame in the 70’s and 80’s, to watercolor and acrylics in the 90’s. As we reached the year 2000 my passion was collage, and then later metalwork became a way to generate income. (The name and the blog Renuko Style was born while working with reclaimed metals to make jewelry.)
Now my medium of choice is photography. I am all in, as I am with everything. The knowledge I gained through the years working in various artistic endeavors has informed the work I am doing now. Both in photography and technology.