This photograph was taken in Durham, UK. As I was walking up to get a piece of pizza, the man who worked there got very excited and was exclaiming “I’m going to be famous!” so I obliged and took a few photographs. A couple of weeks later I took a few prints for him, which really tickled him.
Who was the first person you encountered today? Write about him or her.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us PEOPLE.
Photographer’s hat on today whilst I set-out my thoughts about writing vs. blogging
If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us ONE.
It’s been a long day so I though I would wear my photographers hat today – this is from the Sage in Gateshead
As I was commenting on another post for yesterday’s Zero to Hero task, it developed into a bit of a conversation.
It was an example of a reflection of a duck on water, the reflection was well captured, with a lovely stillness to the water and the exposure was perfect and any post-processing was light and unobtrusive.
My initial comment was along the lines of ‘love the clarity of the reflection, well captured’, and as all photographers (myself included) are wont to do Preeti’s reply was quite self-depricating and modest and went on to describe the external circumstance that lead to her ‘lucky’ shot.
Like a lot of photographers, especially non-professional photographers, I also had a habit of talking myself down, but the more people said that I had a great camera and that I was lucky in getting that shot, the more I actually thought about the creative process. Like all skills creative skills are learned, the more you practice a skill the better that skill gets, until it is an unconscious activity and you forget that you are using a learned skill.
I had to reply to Preeti with something far more positive than her accepting her luck and said ‘But some of the biggest things is actually being there, having a camera with you and then having the skill to take advantage of the circumstances that present themselves – again well done’
As Thomas Jefferson said, ‘I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it’.
“Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.”
Well the first thing I have to admit is that there was no running involved in the production of this post, just a bit too early in the day for that 😉
Straight outside our back door is our shed:
We never got these from Mexico but a small shop in Corbridge (and just a bit to the left we have some clay Mexican plaques which we got from Edinburgh), but they do brighten up the back yard.
As you come in through the back door are a lot of objects, but the area that caught my eye second was:
This is a collection of various objects; church charity box, mug from a school one of us went to, second prize mug from a competition, collection of postcards from people and some allotment/foraging books.
I have been trying to find a clear link between the two photographs and the clearest that I could reason out was we like keeping things that brighten up our lives and where we live.
The yard took me quite a while to get around to clearing and re-painting in a brighter colour than it previously was in so we could get these Milagros on the shed, the effect was instantaneous, the yard was brightened and a place we wanted to spend time.
The collection is in our most lived in area of the house, the kitchen and it’s nice to have bits and bobs around that we’ve collected from places we like and achievements given. Object areas like this make a house a home, give it a personal feel and becomes a touchstone area on return from outside.