A traveller’s tale

A traveller’s tale

I took myself to the National Gallery of Victoria to see some work shown for the Festival of Photography  It showcased the diversity of approaches to this medium but apart from Bill Henson, nothing really made me feel anything, although there were some techniques I would like to explore.

Stoicism

Stoicism

“Does what’s happened keep you from acting with justice, generosity, self-control, sanity, prudence, honesty, humility, straightforwardness, and all other qualities that allow a person’s nature to fulfill itself? So remember this principle when something threatens to cause you pain: the thing itself was no misfortune at all; to endure it and prevail is great good fortune.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

You can’t cross the same river twice

You can’t cross the same river twice

The title for this post came from the book Equal rites, by the late, great author Terry Pratchett. Think about it, a river is not the same, even though it is in the same location to the last time you crossed it. The water has continued to flow, the process of erosion has acted on the banks and so on.

In fact, nothing is static, though it may appear to be at times and there is nothing we can do to change that, we can only take advantage of the opportunities that change presents us when we can. We also need to understand that change or difference isn’t necessarily wrong.

Light illustrates what I’m trying to say far better than I can say it. Here is the title image from my last post. It was an overcast day, shortly after rain had come though.

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It is the same object featured in the title for this post. Two distinctly different images of the same object taken within a week of one another. The light is not the only difference though. All the decisions made up to and after I pressed the shutter are different. In effect the images show that I changed.

It may not always feel like we are making the progress we want but little by little, through each image we make and each little piece of experience we absorb, changes are taking place. I’m not the same photographer I was 30 years ago, ten years or even three when I first started this blog. I’m really looking forward to being a different photographer this time next year.

It is my fervent wish for all my subscribers and readers that you embrace change like an old friend with both arms open and make the most of what it offers you in the new year.