Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Of life and photography



Prompted by my good friend and fellow photographer Jeff Richter, I finally got out and shot a little. We Hiked up, over and around Bare Bluff, a Michigan Nature association preserve near Bete Gris. We also shot on the beach at Bete Gris and on the Hunters Point preserve in Copper Harbor. My blood has evidently thinned a little since my dog sledding days - brrrrr. I have had a lot on my mind since may and especially this last week. Walking along the Lake Superior shore and through the Autumn woods certainly helps to put things into perspective and clarify thoughts. Not having shot much over the last year I am quite rusty and found myself going over all the aspects of creating good images. One thing that immediately popped out was something that I recognized as paralleling some other things in life. A common mistake photographers make is to go into the field, driven to come home with a certain image. This can be fine sometimes, but often it’s like wearing blinders and we fail to see the many other beautiful images right under our noses. Relationships are very similar. If we concentrate on small details of our friends, lovers, family and even strangers we miss their essence, their whole, all that combines to make that person. I have recently been guilty of this and my heart is heavy because of it. A lesson that I remembered too late was one I learned from my Daddy. When I was a teen I ask him “ why don’t you teach momma how to drive a clutch right, she’s going to burn that thing up” he replied “ what’s a clutch among friends”




Another lesson that I just learned is pay attention when you are reformatting a hard drive. I accidently reformatted the wrong drive, the drive with most of the Images I was going to share from those shoots. I think they can be recovered and if and when I do I will share.

5 comments:

Grendl1 said...

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king!

Jack Johnson said...

It's great to see you back online, Steve - I hope life is treating yo a bit more gently these days...

- Jack

Kay said...

I have only talked to you one time, when I ordered three of your prints, all of the stormy shoreline...yet they actually bring me peace every morning when I look at them. I am glad you are coming out of the storm...and may you find peace.

Paige said...

I am glad that you are getting out to shoot more. Your photos are always inspiring to me. They are the first think I see in the morning and the last thing I see before I go to bed. Thank you for giving me beautiful images of home while I am away! You are the best!

Paige

Nina said...

I thought about you on a recent trip to Isle Royale via Copper Harbor (and your images from Spirit of Place). It's good to see you are back out.
Take care,

Nina