This is something that interests me. The difference between the creative output of idealistic youth and unbridled passion vs. the calm focus of experience?
I had an idea that I haven’t yet go around to doing the research on, studying objects, architecture, industrial design, literature, images, films – that are inarguably ‘classic’ – and seeing where in the person’s career they occurred.
Will I end up with the discography of Duran Duran, where nothing quite beat ‘This is Planet Earth’?
Or will Malcolm Gladwell’s 10 000 hours theory prove true.
My hunch is that ‘it’s never as good as the first time’ will mostly dominate. In fact, I recall John Taylor saying that they were a better band back then, as they simply didn’t have knowledge, so their music was simpler. Later on, they got into more sophisticated music because they could, but by then, the spirit was gone.
Not that Duran Duran should be held up as the epitome of this.
If this is the case, as creatives, we should be constantly putting ourselves in situations where we’re back in the apprenticeship stage, reapplying our curiosity to new outputs, but drawing on our collective ‘creative’ experience.
I invite anyone who has their own theory on the matter to jump in and give me some examples.