Sunday, December 30, 2018

What I See

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
-Sir John Lubbock

So as we approach the end of the year, I find myself taking some steps that are familiar yet unfamiliar into 2019. After traveling on a group tour through Germany, Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and France, I found myself wanting to renew my relationship with photography. There were two things that occurred that made me aware of that....attempting to get pictures with just my phone and longing for a DSLR and finding I was almost always the last one on the bus as I was attempting to get just the right shot (this also taught me group tours are not for me).

When a came back to the US I stumbled onto two synchronistic events that told me I was walking the right path. One was having a chance to purchase a Nikon D7200 (sorry Olympus, you left me behind when you went to micro two-thirds) and discovering the PICTAR device for my phone.  So I'm going back to the beginning so to speak and renewing my technical knowledge while also working on my creative vision.

So I'm committing to a photo a day from the PICTAR or my Nikon D7200 through the next coming year in a project I'm calling "What I See". Crazy maybe but I need the commitment to push myself. All I've read pretty much sums up, you need perspiration for inspiration.  It's not going to be about getting great photos or feedback, it's about taking the photo and seeing what happens.

So this blog will continue in much the same format with the exception some days may just be a photo and not much else. But I'm hoping as I explore the relationship between darkness and light that makes up photography, I learn something about myself.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, 'Straight Into Darkness':

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