FINDING FOCUS: ON SIMPLICITY (PART 1)

FINDING FOCUS: ON SIMPLICITY (PART 1)

When people come to visit they are often struck by the walls in my house.  The walls aren’t anything truly unique and there’s nothing about them that would draw your attention other than what’s missing from them.

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FINDING FOCUS: LIE TO ME!

FINDING FOCUS: LIE TO ME!

Alright, so let me set the scene.  A student and I are standing in a place which is undeniably beautiful.  All day we’ve been surrounded by its unique appeal and yet, the student is lamenting that his images just aren’t that beautiful.  Sound familiar?  I thought so.

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Finding Focus Workshop: Student Work

Finding Focus Workshop: Student Work

 

I’ve tried to start this post a number of times but my attempts keep missing the mark.  Summing up the first ever Finding Focus workshop has proven a challenge and my excitement about the experience is preventing me from being able to distill my thoughts into coherent sentences.  I feel like an excited 9 year old, hopped up on Easter candy and trying to explain the plot of the newest superhero movie I just watched.

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FINDING FOCUS: ON INSPIRATION

FINDING FOCUS: ON INSPIRATION

(Last night I watched episode 1 of the Netflix series “Abstract.”  It centered around illustrator Christoph Niewmann and I was all at once humbled and inspired by both his art and the description of his creative process.  He’s one of those guys who can show you something for the first time.  His illustrations sum up familiar things in brand new ways.  His words get to the heart of what it means to be a creative.  This post was inspired by that episode.)

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FINDING FOCUS: SCRATCH THAT ITCH

FINDING FOCUS: SCRATCH THAT ITCH

Look up “creature of habit” and you’ll see a picture of me. There I am, doing things the same way over and over again because it works.  Funny, isn’t it?  But look in the background of that same picture…who is that? It’s YOU!

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FINDING FOCUS: YOUR SUPER POWER

FINDING FOCUS: YOUR SUPER POWER

One of the biggest issues we face as photographers is whether or not we’re communicating clearly.  Sure we may have the technical part dialed in but, more often than not, it’s the content of our photographs that let us down.  All the new gadgets we can afford can’t help us get better at communicating our ideas and they only serve to distract us from what really matters.

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FINDING FOCUS: On Expectations

FINDING FOCUS: On Expectations

 

We’ve got a common enemy each time we head out with our camera. It travels with us wherever we go and is one step ahead of us along the road to being happy with our work. We’re told to manage it but, more often than not, it has the upper hand.

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FINDING FOCUS: On looking back.

FINDING FOCUS: On looking back.

Have you ever looked back on your past work and been horrified? Okay, so maybe you weren’t horrified but perhaps you had just a bit of a sinking feeling…a hint of recognition mixed with embarrassment or regret. Let me explain.

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