It’s just passed the middle of Winter here and yet I am seeing signs of Spring already in those brief moments when I can get outside. Tiny buds like the one on this tree, Daffodils almost ready to flower. Crazy.
My break and the assault on my reading pile continues. I am half way through reading “This is a call: the life and times of Dave Grohl“and am beginning to see what really made Nirvana tick.
Listening to Dave Grohl (of course!)
Edwood has gained some some companions. (Yes, the white one is a Ninja)
Just as they are three there are also only three days left on the machines and technology theme. I did not really get anywhere with this and that’s unfortunate.
I’m having a welcome break and the reading pile is helping to get me reoriented with content that isn’t academic. I started reading “This is a call: the life and times of Dave Grohl” and have found it both a good biography and history of the US punk and Grunge music scene.
Listening to The Brothers Bright. A little darker than what I normally share but there are such powerful stories in the lyrics. No it is not punk or grunge. In fact I don’t know if there is a genre fit. Perhaps “Gothic Bluegrass”?
It occurs to me that just as a kite can’t fly without some wind, I have been lacking something lately that I can work with to produce images.
I suspect it is opportunity. By that I don’t mean the “always carry a camera” opportunity, rather this is something more deliberate, where I am in the place I want to be and with the mindset I need to create.
Making opportunities is now a more realistic goal than when I was studying so that will be my focus this week. It is all about finding doors to open.
I’m finding it difficult to having so many choices about what to do with my time, not so much in terms of waking up and not knowing what I will do but the bigger picture. I know, it’s a good problem to have but at the same time I’m annoyed I did not put more thought into setting some new goals post study. I thought I already had it sorted out but it seems like I’m lacking a clear sense of purpose and commitment at present.
I looked at several portfolios over the last week that left me a little cold. The images were well-lit but processed to within an inch of their life and very clinical. I’m not saying you shouldn’t post process but don’t expect it to save an image that otherwise has nothing to say.
Listening to Civil Twilight
Neglecting to keep on top of the more routine housekeeping routines has consequences. There is physical and mental clutter that has piled up while I was studying, with the best of intentions to read or deal with it later when I was done. Well I’m done now and this week I started confronting the various piles of “stuff” to free me up for other things.
On the list is an image cull which was something I had previously done to recoup some space on my hard drive but now is focused on being more selective about what I want to hold on to. I also decided to challenge the notion that a photographer can never have too many camera bags, finally putting 2 of my old LowePro bags out for collection.
The main task was finding a place to put away the darkroom gear and during that task I discovered a hidden cache of tools in a drawer I had not opened for 5 years. These were favourites for small jobs so it was a fond reunion. Thinking about that I wondered if there were images lurking about that would evoke similar feelings. To reinforce that another discovery was a collection of Kodachromes slides from my trip to Japan over 30 years ago. I know I have negatives and prints going back decades and perhaps it is time to invest a film scanner so I can start working through them.
At least I am getting my cobwebs under control…
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