A question that I have been pondering and wrestling with is: What is collective consciousness and what would the structure look like to support that? I assume there needs to be a fabric or connection between us to allow the sharing of our consciousness across a distance in time or space. Given we are bound by our senses and experiences, I began to envision that this photograph could represent that concept. Your thoughts are welcome here.
Well here we are in 2023. Another routine turn that our planet makes closes out the day and a full rotation around the sun to call it a year. It is pretty remarkable how much energy and effort we place in one turn of a clock that is identical to every other turn of the clock, and calendar, from whence we invented the ability to mark it on the calendar. To say we are creatures of habit and ritual is an understatement. None-the-less, I truly wish you all a prosperous and healthy life ahead, regardless of the somewhat arbitrary calendaring effect at play.
My last few days of 2022 were spent at home and were restful and quiet. For today’s post let’s dissect how difficult it is to create the photographs that I enjoy sharing and hopefully brighten your day. The extra time and energy ‘focusing’ on how light behaves have begun to pay off. My technical skills are getting better with experimentation, time and repetition. But that is how we learn. We lean in on what is working to achieve our goals and we work around, over or through barriers, obstacles or errors that make it more difficult to get to a desired end point.
Some folks have asked how I balance my full time job and this passion. The answer is pretty simply: 1) repeatable processes 2) software automation for scheduling and posting content 3) time discipline in the mornings, evenings and weekends. I enjoy waking up in the morning to have my coffee and catch up on posts, comments and questions (cleaning up this post early this morning as an example). When my full time work ends, I have dinner and have a few options for the evening. The weekends are filled with time for my wife and family when our sons return home to visit. There is often plenty of weekend time for photography and printing. Our two sons are finishing up college in other cities, so most of the year there is abundant extra time. When they visit, I dial back on the photography and put more time to spend with all of of them as a family.
Returning to the photography, here is the needle that artists need to thread: I need to capture at least ONE photograph, that speaks to my heart and mind. That image must, in turn, merit being developed and printed, so that you may consider that it might belong on your wall to fill an empty space or harder still replace another piece of art. That, my friends, is one very, very difficult challenge and speaks to why being a successful business in the art world is very arduous. So I am grateful to be able to do this out of passion and the desire to brighten your days. Within the realm of threading the needle, there is a very intriguing phenomenon my wife and I have observed: the ‘I gotta have that piece of art’ customer. To know and understand what sequence of events happens in that mind is deeply fascinating and perhaps a conversation for a future post.
As you have read before, I start off with an experiment using a tag line ~ the science of photography that ask what would happen if …? A day in the studio is sometimes an easy success. Things simply flow and come together seemingly without excess effort. Other days are less successful. Despite four high wattage studio lights, the objects are sometimes moving too fast and everything is a blur-o-gram. In total on New Year’s Eve, I shot 1640 photos. The majority of which as you can imagine from the screenshot below will end up in a digital dust bin.