Over the past few months a number of readers have contacted me, asking for suggestions and ideas on becoming a better photographer. Some have enquired about specific genres of photography. Others have had questions about what it takes to become a ‘professional’. This article discusses a few factors that can impact becoming a better photographer. This is not an all-encompassing list, and the issues covered are in no particular order.
It is interesting how we experience ‘being alone’. In the physical extreme some folks live as hermits, virtually cut off from the outside world. Others of us have a deep, internal fear of being alone and crave constant interaction with others. Many of us fall somewhere between these two extremes in terms of our desire to be in the physical presence of others.
Over the years I’ve wondered how much potential harm we do ourselves when we focus on ‘chasing likes’ from others around us. How important is it that people like what we create and approve of it?
It was 20 years ago today that I got downsized from my corporate marketing job, and began the rest of my life. Many of us have gone through this type of journey. And, many of us are facing challenges in our lives right now.
If nothing else, the COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed the interconnectedness of humankind. Regardless of how independent we may perceive ourselves to be… we all share space on this planet. We all have an obligation to each other as our individual actions impact everyone and everything around us.
A new life begins in its own unique way. Celebrations ensue, and congratulations are heartily extended. The obligations we have are paramount. So too are the commitments to which we hold ourselves accountable.
As a species we have a horrific history of inhumanity. For over 3,400 years of our recorded past, humankind has been embroiled in war and conflict almost non-stop. Some of us pause for a moment every year to remember. We live most days forgetting our obligations to the fallen.
It is interesting to be somewhere in the back half of one’s life on this spinning planet. The passage of time brings physical changes. I often wonder who that old guy is in the mirror staring back at me. I think I know him… then wonder if I ever will discover and understand all that I could about him. Continue reading The Passage of Time
As the publication of website posting number 500 on this photography blog drew ever near, the challenge became what I should write about as this is a bit of a milestone event. I decided to share some of my favourite images that I’ve captured over the past number of years, and tie them together with some philosophical musings. Continue reading Website Posting Number 500
It is often a strange thing to look back on one’s goals in life. To see what was important to us at various stages in the past, and what we deem to be important today. There is truth in the idea that our goals create the life we live. Continue reading Goals Create the Life We Live.