A weekend of painting instead of surfing the web made a nice change, It was also satisfying to see something finished and I realised that although my studies are completed perhaps that will really feel finished when I get the bit of paper that says so.
That has got me thinking about what finished looks like for my photographic endeavours and I think it’s a little like the image I chose for this post, a path that disappears off into the distance. The best I can do is focus on enjoying the journey.
Listening to Stonefield. I tend to think of them as the offspring of Led Zepplin, Janis Joplin and Hanson. There can be no doubt the Amy Findlay has an impressive voice.
Some painting got done today and a four litre tin of paint is nearly empty.
I can’t help but wonder how to apply a coat of paint to other aspects of life. Perhaps that’s just reframing a problem, adopting a new perspective or simply choosing to focus on the solution rather than the problems itself.
Most of what I have been looking at recently are lighting setups that I can use my newly acquired foam head to test out. Finding space to use for this is also sucking up my free time.
Listening to Stereopony, a now defunct Japanese band who sat on the fringe of J-pop, perhaps undeservedly, though admittedly, they don’t sound quite as intense as Monoral. What attracts me to Japanese bands is the fusion of west and east, You end up with these interesting combinations of eastern melodies or traditional percussion with western themes and instruments.
There is this rising sense of creative frustration I’m experiencing lately that needs breaking with some urgency.
The time I freed up when study finished has been sucked up by things I could say no to or defer when I was studying. I do get little things done but there are no blocks of time to commit to more and that’s the reason I have not put up a new project lately. Carrying a DSLR daily and not getting time to use it simply adds to this friction I feel. I just can’t get it together and make something happen and since I was looking forward to doing that it feels like the goals are being moved further away.
The simplest action is to take some leave but that is too complicated at present. It would be easy to stop but that’s not my way. I will wait, chip away at the edges of things and do what I can to go further.
I saw the First World War Centenary exhibition at Museum Victoria, a collection of artefacts from the Imperial War Museum. It was very sobering and difficult to process the scale of what took place 100 years ago. There were a lot of photographs and this added another human dimension to the objects on display.
Continuing with the martial theme I have been listening to “No Go Rin Sho” or “Book of Five Rings written in 1645 by Miyomoto Musashi. It is a favourite of mine, particularly the book of the void. If you replaced the word sword with camera and strategy with photography, it could work as a treatise on photography…
I know photographers will test their lighting setups by having an assistant stand in for the model. Since I don’t have an assistant (or model) and can’t afford one, I thought I would go with this styrofoam head instead.
I don’t know who said it but I recall a saying about the real challenge in mountain climbing comes after you reach the summit. I knew something similar to this was coming after five years of study and I thought I had figured out a way forward but that is not exactly going to plan.
Just as well I’m good at re invention. At least I hope I still am…
Listening to Audioslave