2017 - Focus, Intent & Stories

January 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

No, this is not a New Year's Resolution post, not really.  

Thought I'd fill you in on what's been going on in my head the last month or so.  It's not that scary, I promise.

I tend to get involved in too much, I like being involved until it becomes a distraction and veers me off my path.  Sometimes I do things thinking they are part of my path, how else do you find out if they are or not if you don't try?  Then I become overwhelmed and hardly anything gets done. I know I'm not the only one who does this.

FOCUS & INTENT

Quit.  Call me a quitter, but I've given up several things in the last month or so.  I stepped down from helping to moderate the Black & White project on Google+.  It's a great bi-weekly themed photography project if you're looking for something to - you know - get involved in!    I did not renew my membership in the local community Art Group, it didn't take THAT much time but then I felt guilty for not being more active.  I discontinued my journey in The Arcanum. If you're looking for something different to push your art forward, it's worth checking out.  Two years and I've learned a ton!  The decision has been made to not participate in art fairs this summer.  Too much time, too little payoff.  These are a few things - the more major things that I'm stepping away from.

Canon on Rust - Be More
The thing is, when I just go with the flow and let things happen it seems to go better, maybe because there are no expectations, no real deadlines to meet and I don't feel pressure.  Doesn't sound all that responsible does it?  If you must know I'm not fond of responsibility, never have been!  I do have intentions and considerations for what I want to do and where I would like my art and life to go. I will do something every day towards those intentions.  (Goals is not a word in my vocabulary either.)

STORIES

As for this blog - stay tuned, it will be moving to my Word Press site.  I said in a previous post that it will be more active, it will change and eventually that site become my website end all and be all.  That will take time as I am slowly learning how Wordpress will work for what I want to do.  So, start following me there if you would like.  Right now, I'm duplicating everything to both places.

As I'm going through this process I will be sharing images of course, I am a photographer, but also stories.  I'm finding that if I give these posts a purpose it's helping me focus and helping me go through my images, cull, edit and share.  I have always shared my images via printed photo albums in the 'old' days and so many places with social media and photography sites in the last 5 or 6 years.  I've also removed myself from several of those photo sites - too many places to upload not only takes time but pulls focus away.

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I have many stories to tell with photographs.  I've been shooting for 40ish years.  Many trips, travels, explorations and images to share.  I'll start with digital and go back to cull, edit and post those and then I'll consider going back even further with my prints.  The prints take time though as they need to be scanned or sent somewhere to scan so I have them digitally.  Anyway, that's ahead of where I am now.

HELP!

Where am I?  I'd like you to help me determine the stories.  I have a list started of stories to tell:

La Verriere ~ Cannes
North Dakota
Arctic Abstracts
Finding Your Artistic Voice Retreat
Cannes
Grasse
Ventimiglia
Isle de San Margarite ~ Cannes
Bluff City Fen
Fox River Bridges ~ Elgin
Hawaii
San Francisco
The Arcanum
Brussels
Ghent
Bruge
About a zillion Chicago stories

This is for starters! ha. No shortage of images or stories!!  Which story do you want to see and hear next?  Please let me know in the comments and the topic chosen the most will be next.  Sound good?  I'll continue that way, having you help me choose what story to tell next, it will help me focus!

I'd also love if you helped me grow my audience here, the more the merrier! Consider sharing this blog, I would be forever grateful.

Can't wait to see what the next post is going to be about!


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