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After The Eclipse

After The EclipseTe Mata Peak

If you read yesterdays post then you might remember this quote:

By trusting the process and not focusing on the thoughts of success or failure...I guess that this is the lesson I have been learning this year. If you enjoy the journey, the images will come.

Sure you need to plan ahead, learn the craft and do the work. But you also need a little luck. 

As the moon dipped below the horizon, sinking further into the earths shadow. The sun was lighting up the clouds on the other horizon, with reds and yellows. The weather forecast we wanted for the eclipse was clear skies, there was a possibility of clouds but in the end it was mostly clear. But now after the show, the clouds were moving in. The truth is pretty sunrises happen all the time, but without the time to see it, the gear to capture it and a decent foreground they will just fade into the daylight. A passing treat, the one that got away. But in this case, by pure chance, I had all three. It wasn't perfect but it was nice enough.

It's OK to Fail Unless You're Going Skydiving

Lunar Eclipse Over Te Mata PeakJuly 28, 2018

Creativity, drive and craft, they are the foundations stones on which create. So much so that one or two without the others will struggle. But for me creativity, the flame which sometimes flickers, threatening to go out, yet other times burns white hot, is the most challenging. It's the most fickle. It cannot be forced or coerced. The Greeks characterised it as the muse, goddesses that blessed people with inspiration, in an effort to explain it's fleetingness and mystery.

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On Trend

On Trend

Are there words and phrases that just drive you crazy."On trend" is one of ours. I mean what does it mean, maybe its... if you want to look like everyone else, buy these. Or is the latest marketing spiel that tries to convince you that what you currently have is no longer good enough. In our pressured, time limited life, complexity is bad and simplicity good. Marketers take advantage of this and try to "simplify" our decisions for us, buy this and your life will be better. When it comes to Christmas, this message goes into overdrive.

So why has phrases like "On trend" become so popular, maybe fashionable is no longer trendy, maybe modern is now a little old hat or stylish has become a little lame. Language like everything else in our culture is running on a conveyor belt where new is better and thought is not always necessary. At least that is the case in the mosh pit that attracts the media. But like any river the noiser bits that attract all the attention are the generally the shallower areas.

Thank goodness there are other voices, other opinions. They add colour to our society and depth to our culture. By giving us contrast they challenge our way of thinking and open new possibilities. Now don't get me wrong I am not suggesting that the image above shows a new trend I think should be pursued, frankly I don't have the legs for it. The reason I captured the image above is the way the performer used the rules of fashion against themselves to help add another facet to her character. By thinking outside of the box, in fact so far out of it that she may have needed binoculars to see the fore mentioned box, she used her clothing in a creative thoughtful way.

Maybe that is why the phrase "On trend" drives me batty, because in it's current usage, it implies that thought is best left to someone else, the need to follow every little trend is where you should focus your attention. That form outweighs things like function, quality or thoughtful design. Where marketers are the prophets and sages of our society, the ones we look to when we make important decisions. Is that a world you would enjoy?

Just a thought....   

Mentors or Collaboration?

Tui Spring Blossoms

A few years back I went looking for a mentor, I felt like I had reached a point where I had plateaued. Sure I could have gone on a workshop or two, but I felt like I needed something longer termed than that. Someone I could bounce ideas off of and gain wisdom along the way.

Wikipedia says this about Mentoring " Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn"

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Struggles Are Not Only Likely They Make The Best Images

TexturesFoxton Beach

Not everything is easy, we each have our own challenges, the things we find difficult and limiting. The photo above for instance is of Foxton beach, which is a wide flat beach, so flat and wide for fact it is considered a road and even has speed signs along its length. Why do I include this beach in a post about struggles, because most landscape images need some kind of foreground interest to draw the viewer in, and this beach has no rocks, structures or any of the other obvious options. You have to work hard, be creative and think outside the box. Bits of driftwood, people or in this case the ripples that form as the water is sucked back over the very very gradual slope of the beach into the Tasman sea. But these challenges have both positive and negatives. Because if the obvious options like rocks and jetty's are missing from the images, the images that are created will also look different to the majority of other images as well .

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