Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I find it very difficult to remain positive, upbeat and centered with all the madness and corruption in the world swirling around me from every media outlet, in addition to the constant bureaucratic “senseless” demands I face working at the college level these days. Life used to be much simpler and stress free, but no more unfortunately. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling the weight of this crazy world on my shoulders. One of the outlets I have other than working out to escape the negative bombardment on my psyche is to go make photographs.
This afternoon my daughter Andei and I decided to jump in the car with our cameras and go follow the late afternoon light and see if we could make some good photos in and around our neighborhood. I taught a photo workshop last week at the Jacksonville Arts Council and one thing I stressed to my students was the fact that you can make (not take) great photographs anywhere if you truly look for them and train your eye to SEE the subtle details in every external reference that comes across your path.
As soon as I put myself in the “photo zone” as I like to call it, the pressures of everyday life melt away and I totally focus on making photographs. Making visually unique and interesting images is not all that hard if you train yourself to be in the moment and break potential subject matter down to its essence. That was my mission this afternoon and I must say it was a 90 minute escape from the “real” world.
Andei went her way and I went mine as we embarked on our late afternoon photographic sojourn. You have heard of art therapy – making photographs is a kind of therapy for the heart, mind and soul as well.
Here are some pictures from our outing. Enjoy!