“I’m not afraid to look like an idiot”
I grew up looking at National Geographic and although I wasn’t interested in photography in my youth I can say that all those yellow spined issues definitely shaped me. Like it or not they helped me develop an appreciation for vision, storytelling and travel. I’ve not picked up a single copy in the last 15 yrs but I can still feel the weight in my hands and I could imagine that I could identify one while blindfolded.
I’m in New Orleans with the students from my Finding Focus workshop. We’re having a blast and people are making great strides in their photography even when placed outside their comfort zone. We’re not even at the halfway point in the workshop and I can see exciting shifts in vision for each photographer. This new format of workshop is unique and exciting and I can’t wait to see where everyone ends up at the culmination of the week.
Okay, so here’s the deal. We’ve all said we don’t have time. In fact, you probably lose count of how many times a week you say that to yourself. We use it as an excuse to push aside the things that aren’t crises or busy work. The problem is that, in the process we are placing importance on the unimportant while we diminish the things that really matter to us.
Alright, before you dismiss this post I want you to think about how similar cinema is to photography. The effectiveness both lives or dies by how well you tell stories visually. In both, you would decide on what you’ll give primary importance and what will be secondary. How will you use framing, scale, lines or colors? It’s all discussed in this video.
I am typically not a big fan of resolutions. Not because I can’t keep them. Simply because my past history shows once I make them, I never even start them! So this year I am changing it up a bit. Instead of making New Years Resolutions, I am merely going to start New Projects.
Savannah, Georgia. The Garden City. The Forest City. The Hostess City of the South. While people may argue over the best nickname for this southern gem, there is one thing they can all agree on-its beauty. Routinely rated one of the most beautiful American Cities, Savannah is a
People shake their head when I tell them what I do.
Did you know that, in 1912, the mayor of Tokyo sent 3000 cherry trees to Washington D.C. as a gift of friendship? I was “Googling” stuff on cherry blossoms as they had significance to me growing up with Japanese relatives.