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No one cares about your photos

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A picture maybe worth a thousand words. Pictures that we take may seem like these wonderful polished gemstones of very important moments in our lives. However the truth of the matter is outside of ourselves the moment  is just a flicker in a long stream of endlessly forgotten photos in other peoples lives.

It is easy to try and justify or minimize that statement by talking about the importance of those pictures to other people who may be close to us. Or perhaps the likes on our social media have convinced us that  somehow those pictures we took mean something.  Its easy to fall into that self deception in believing our own hype.

Let's be clear I am not saying people don't like our photos. They may very well think they are pretty or they are "nice" or "cute" or capturing  momentary attention. I totally think, no I know that is true.

 What I am talking about is no one really can understand that moment like you can when you look at that photo. Let me go a li…

We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well.....and live.

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No One Cares about your Photo ( in conclusion)

 If your a friend of cinema you might recognize the reference, which I find very applicable to the thought expressed earlier. It follows that  understanding few if any persons really spend effort into understanding the meaning or the import or even the reason for the photo. If you ever want to validate the thought.  Take any picture from a magazine or social media of someone you don't know or care about share the picture and tell people it's your favorite niece or nephew. Watch all the oohs and aahs. Now think  about all the pictures you have done in the past, was it really your picture that was that great or was it people's relationship to you?
I note that my personal Instagram page with no pictures has often times had more followers than the Pro one?   But do likes denote connection or just a temporary smile at something novel? So this is not a rehash.
 The reference is to a film from the Late 50's where there are galley sl…

A man waiting for his train to come in

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There he is standing.  Clothes still wet, umbrella in hand waiting. Time only know how long he has been looking down that tunnel.  Staring into the dark recess. Like so many other things in life. You have to show up.  Pay your way. Make the effort to be at the right place at the right time.  Checking your watch to make sure its the right time and making your way to where you will board.  There is of course no guarantee that you will  make it to your final destination but the key is to do what you can to be at the right place at the right time. With the right  things in place so that you can board and move on to your next place. The tunnel may look dark and the the tracks empty but if you do your part at some point, you are rewarded when the light  does appear.....

Feeling the burn

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No I have not taken up competitive bodybuilding.  But the term is totally  applicable. Its helps describe the zone of when you have put the day's concerns behind and dedicated your attention and efforts in a way that exerts you to a point in which there is where you can feel your pushing your limits. It implies this is not a moment but rather a continuous feeling that comes from strenuous effort.  And while this is something that might not seem pleasant. its entirely where you want to be.  It means your  leaving behind  your safety zone.. It means your stretching your horizons to new places.  More importantly its a new platform on which you can perform.

Its hard saying when I first noticed it. But its good. I've gotten asked about paid work before. I have been asked if I do prints before. I have been asked  to share things before. But there is a distinctly different quality to it now. Maybe  because its no longer just friends who are doing the asking. Maybe because the majori…

Reading a Photograph

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I say that purposefully. Because as much as we like to think  of our photographs as being seen they are read. By reading  I am  not saying everything in a  photograph is interpreted in our minds as having some meaning.  Some might say "Look  maybe your photographs get read but  really for me it's all out there".  However I beg to differ. First  take something as basic as  the shape of the frame.  In  a panoramic landscape  layout the eye is usually drawn to the  amount of "breadth" that is captured.  When its oriented in a profile our eyes immediately  go up and down and we see "height".  Choose to show either black and white or color and our pictures are viewed  either "artsy" or real. This is normal. When we look at a photograph the first question is why am I looking at it. Is there something familiar? Is there something unusual? All these things are asked and interpreted by the mind to have meaning.

 With that in mind we need to state c…

The Great Greenwood

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I made my way here because while I had spent quite a bit of time doing Castles  and Museums  I desired to see something  more natural. This place being the  first of my journeys out of the country it  seemed like a natural fit.  My memories were of a great green place that had modern and  natural touches blended and yet each holding its  own.  It did not disappoint. Although having been to BC on several occasions  I had never made the ferry journey across to Victoria and its  World Famous Gardens.

Such a pleasant way and the hospitable Canadians made me remember my long ago dreams of this place. One of my favorite photographers whose method  I drool over his approach to the craft. He calls this particular slice of Canada home. Its funny because   he otherwise states he finds nothing interesting to shoot at home. While this place so obviously  feels like at the top of charts, most urbanites and wildlife lovers would wonder   how come you ever need to leave. It highlights an important t…

Playing with others

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Lately I have been involved with several groups of photographers.  Its been very interesting and a learning experience. this has ranged from the casual  hiking trip with a few friends and their camera phones to  hosting several communities of photographers.

As I have stated before ultimately the art of photography is a solitary  effort in its intial phases.  The ability to clear distractions and capture the moment clearly and with enough interest takes focus. That focus does not occur when your mind is racing around.  However seeing how other people's minds move and the things that they key in on does help you to  see outside of your range.

 The thing that I have to remember is let go of trying to lecture or  mentor others without them first asking for the assistance.  While it is true you can help them sometimes to  get the type of image that they want the  problem is it takes you out of where you need to be.  While you are doing the exercise your focus is on helping and not on s…