Tag Archives: 35 mm

Thoughts on Personal Vision

 

Above, three recent but very different images that I had submitted to an online Gallery.  Two are very recent, but the Apache Plume is from about 12+ years ago. So what does that say about my photography skills, style and personal vision.  Keeping in mind that vision and style are not synonymous.  These represent different styles, but I think a similar vision in regards to how I see the light and what attracts my eye.

All of these images received a similar ranking (details here).  That soul destroying ‘Special Merit” category that keeps you wanting more.  So what does “special merit” mean anyway?  Have I not progressed at all in 12 years?  Or are my interests and vision not the current hip and trendy thing? (I think the latter)  So I’ll get recognition, but never actually win a contest?  (One of my recent submissions is going to be published in a book this year.  But that’s another story……..).  And what is winning?

My middling success for a while sent me down “The Rabbit Hole”  as I discussed recently on my photo diary.  So I’m reflecting, reorganizing and redirecting my energies.  At a recent Personal Vision Workshop with Cole Thompson, we discussed how winning can actually be a setback to the progress towards understanding our personal vision; leading us to pursue the WIN rather than the VISION.  Small rewards can seriously sidetrack real goals and personal accomplishments.

Who are you making photographs for?  Yourself or the win?

 

 

Advertisements

My 4th of July

With all the turmoil on the Border.  I’m not feeling much like waving a big flag, my usual post for American Holidays on my Photo Diary.  So I’m going Dark over there and posting a reminder about Internment Here:

Alcatraz_Door1

Revisit an History of American Internment at Amache, Heart Mountain and Manzanar.

Alcatraz_Door2Alcatraz_Door3Alcatraz_Door4

 

Sometimes the Mind is imprisoned, even though we the Body is Free….. Is Your mind Open and Free?  Or imprisoned somewhere?

The Eclipse on Film

I have to say the digital images turned out better……  Note to Self, I should have practiced more with my equipment.  But since this Page is about Film……Here you go:

Totality

I’ll be ready for 2024……. But what I did do right was actually ENJOY the eclipse and all the miraculous and wonderful sights that occur…….These are forever etched in my memory.

See more images on my Photo Diary.

Start here for the ‘Complete Journey Experience’.

Back in a couple of weeks with more posts.