Starting a business at this time when economic situations are volatile is a bad and crazy idea. There are many risks to consider including failure. Starting a photography business where the market is over saturated is an even bigger risk. This is the most common advice preached over again. Ten years on, this still holds.
My journey as a photographer continues, this time in a different country and culture where I do not speak the native tongue. Like a climber craving the next summit, my constant evolution as an artist takes me far beyond the comforts of home.
It comes down to perception. Where others see risks, opportunities always exist. It just takes perseverance and a passionate soul to make it happen. The only aim of an artist is to illustrate the beauty in life. We make the lemonade out of the lemons for others to enjoy.
The next time you’re out and about, here are four ways to try changing your perception:
Stop. Don’t rush about with just the destination in your mind. Unless you’re late for an appointment, try slowing down.
Observe. If you are in a busy street, pick one person to observe. Look at their face, their clothes, their shoes and built. Ponder what their life story is. Better yet, look up. When was the last time you looked up at your surroundings?
Play. Use your environment and play a game. Spot patterns with the hand rails on the train. Be creative!
Appreciate. You woke up this morning. You are still breathing and walking. You have another day to learn and explore. Appreciate the wonders that make up your life, the very little things that define you. As little as they may appear to you, they are the most important things.
Happy Monday (Or My Day French English!)
This video from Dove has been making its rounds on the social web recently. Its objective is to tell women they are more beautiful than they think they are. To illustrate this, no pun intended, a sketch artist for the FBI was hired. His only role was to sketch each woman based on their own description. He then made another sketch based on the description another person provided of the first woman. The results were then placed side by side for each woman to see that they are more beautiful than they think they are.
The video has drawn both positive and critical reviews. While Dove’s primary audience for the video were female, the main message that we are much more beautiful than we think we are should be extended to everyone. The real beauty isn’t in the appearance of a person or an object. Real beauty is in the raw, unadulterated soul of everyone and everything. Real beauty comes from courage, the courage to begin and to see things through. The soul of the person is defined and revealed through this process. This is what makes a person great. It is all within ourselves, regardless of whatever soap or beauty products we use. It burns like a fire, flows like water and permeates like air (or atoms if we want to get semantical). We are much greater and we can achieve much more than we believe we can.
There has been an increasing trend of mobile phone cameras used to take photos over recent years. This is not surprising considering the technology being packed into the humble mobile phone these days. The small form factor and lightness of the device is also another advantage of using a mobile phone for photography.
Prague, Czech Republic
Wishing all a safe and happy holiday season! Celebrate and be merry.
New photos have been added to the Headshots collection.
First day of Snow in Fall
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic
They say travel has its perks and glories. The opportunity to experience different cultures and environments to expand one’s mind and perception of life.
Transit however, is a different story. It’s the part of every journey taken. There will always be a point where I join the masses of other travellers in transit. After a while, I almost become part of the furniture.
Verb: to traverse or range over (a region, area, etc.) for the purpose of discovery.
Travel is far more accessible to a greater audience nowadays than it was two decades ago. The act of exploration is typically associated with a location, a place. People go to places to see what they may discover – cavers for new underground cave systems, archaeologists for ancient sites or tourists to a country for sights they more not see in their own country. However, exploration should not be limited to what can be seen in a given location.
The technological advances in cameras (increased camera fps, faster autofocus, 3D matrix metering to name a few) allows photographers to squeeze multiple shots within a split second these days. There is a chance that the magical moment is missed, much like jumping in too early and being off by a half beat in We Will Rock You. If Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photo of the cyclist in Hyères, France, 1932 was taken a split second too early, it would have made for an entirely different image.
Take a moment, breathe, relax and observe.
The first evening of the analysis and reading of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde with some of the crew from Prague Film & Theater Center.
It was a rather educational evening listening to the reading making me add Oscar Wilde’s words to the list of books to read.
“A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it” Corita Kent
Re-uniting with the crew from the Prague Film and Theatre Centre, an art experiment was conducted in the Prague Old Town Square this evening.
The Chinese government are still trying to pretend nothing happened twenty three years and locking down vigils today commemorating the victims of the massacre. Personal thoughts aside on the matter, I was fortunate enough to have visited Tiananmen Square last year.
Not quite sure where “Tank Man” was, but this is the right road.
The square gets cleared out nightly by soldiers. Yours truly was kindly requested to leave as well.
Prague, Czech Republic
Kodak Tri-X 400
A split second after this photo was taken, a massive wave hit the breakwater to my left. There was enough to flood my boots and had I not had the intuition to hold onto my tripod, taken away everything away with it. There was a group of people behind me, so I’m sure there are a couple of photos of this floating around on the net somewhere (pun unintended).
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Like that of a scorned woman. Someone must have done something bad to Mother Nature. Sitting on a cliff edge, in Monterosso, watching Vernazza bathed in sunlight, while Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are slammed by this storm as it rolls out to sea.
“Life is a journey, not a destination”, quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson. On the contrary Mr Emerson, sometimes it just is about the destination, especially hauling the camera equivalent of a grand piano up a steep and rocky mountain.
Worked with a great and patient crew today. The best laid plans often fall apart at the last minute and today was one of those cases. As if a marathon wasn’t enough to disrupt the plans, the weather turned ugly, really fast, really bad! Nevertheless, the show must go on so we went to our backup plan (in some cases, backup backup plan or improvise).
A behind the scenes look from today’s filming for All that is yellow is not gold.
One from the archives
Ruth Travydas Show
RAFW 2008, Sydney