Have Doubts

Have Doubts

Doubt and self-criticism are often regarded as the enemies of creativity, but this essay takes a different point of view, suggesting that our ability to question ourselves, to consider several positions or points of view at once, and to tolerate and accept our own uncertainty, might be precisely what allows the most interesting  creative work to happen. Looking at Amanda Thomson's Scots Dictionary of Nature, this piece asks what might happen when we let go of certainty and give ourselves over to  hopeful -- rather than doubtful -- ideas of the provisional and the ephemeral.

Explore more of Amanda Thomson's work at her website.

Words Kate Davies. Photography and illustration Tom Barr © Makadu Press 2019