Category Archives: Essays

Competition That Matters

As photographers many of us continually strive to reach more of our potential and miss a key point of life… there is only one competition that matters. It isn’t comparing ourselves to others. Or subjecting our work to the scrutiny of judged events. Or waiting with baited breath hoping for accolades to be bestowed upon us. Or counting the number of ‘likes’ that our work generates.

The only competition that matters in life is competing with our own best self. And, not just with our photography, but with everything that we do.

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Observations of Everyday Life

Each of us has opportunities to make observations of everyday life, and use them to help guide us through future chapters as we meander along our finite journey here. This article shares some of my observations of everyday life, with the thought that perhaps they may be of some benefit. These observations are in no particular order.

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Already Missing Summer

Well… I’m already missing summer. All it took was our first snowfall of the season that stayed on the ground. Unlike many of my fellow Canadians I’m really not a winter person. I don’t skate, ski or play hockey. There’s precious little that I enjoy about winter, other than being out with my camera… and spending time with family and friends.

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Photographs and Memories

Photographs and the memories they rekindle are often etched in our minds for extended periods of time and linked to our emotions. Depending on our interests our photographs and memories could be travel related. We may have a strong attraction to specific subject matter like birds, nature or macro. Many photographers who enjoy creating images of people do so in order that their memories of friends and family can be preserved. Each of us has created images that have special meaning and memories for us.

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