Pondering A Question

I was just watching a show where the character makes this comment, “…at a certain point I realized there’s a huge difference between what we work for and what we live for.”  Now I am wondering, pondering, what is the difference?  My initial thoughts tell me that they should be one and the same.  Is that possible?  Can they be the same, or must they be different?  Can they be the same thing viewed and pursued from a different place?  Do they become two different things all together when we lose ourself in ourselves or do we only delude ourselves (am I deluding my own self) by thinking up a contrivance to convince myself that these are two wonderful things blended together?  I dunno…  Need to think about it some more I guess.

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Back In The High Life?

I’ve been getting excited about some new things that have come my way lately and it has gotten me thinking that I may be actually getting back in the photo biz as a career!  That thought has me TOTALLY STOKED!  I won’t get into all the “timeless” details here… yet.  While I was working on a photo project I was listening to Pandora when a cool Steve Winwood song came on, “Back In The High Life”.  I looked up the lyrics and I’ll be if it does not describe where I’m at with my photography to a tee.  Check it out:

It used to seem to me
That my life ran on too fast
And I had to take it slowly
Just to make the good parts last

But when you’re born to run
It’s so hard to just slow down
So don’t be surprised to see me
Back in that bright part of town

I’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
I’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched me once
Will smile and take me in

And I’ll drink and dance with one hand free
Let the world back into me
And oh I’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

Girl you used to be the best
To make life be life to me
And I hope that you’re still out there
And you’re like you used to be

We’ll have ourselves a time
And we’ll dance till the morning sun
And we’ll let the good times come in
And we won’t stop till we’re done

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once
Will smile and take us in

And we’ll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

High life
High life
In the high life again

We’ll be back in the high life again
All the doors I closed one time
Will open up again
We’ll be back in the high life again
All the eyes that watched us once
Will smile and take us in

And we’ll drink and dance with one hand free
And have the world so easily
And oh we’ll be a sight to see
Back in the high life again

High life
Back in the high life
Oh, we’ll be back

It seems even more fitting that this song came out of the 80s, when I left photojournalism, when I closed the door as a career.  Now…  I’m opening that door again.  I feel like I can see the light behind the door opening up again, back to my first career love, that lovely lady.  Back in the high life.

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Some old news that has never been said before.

I know, I know…  I need to post more oftener than this!  I’m not making any promises here, but I will try, OK?

I have been keeping as busy as I can doing photography work (that four letter word… photography is not really work for me) and still keep my 8-5, M-F job.  Sometimes my wife is a photo widow because of it.

I took pictures of the Ultimate Big Sky Sectional finals in April Big Sky Sectionals

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And the Boise Ultimate Scene Youth (BUSY) championships in May BUSY Championships 5.18.15 and BUSY Championships 5.19.15

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After these I did some freelance work for a guy who has a couple kids that play lacrosse.  Made a little extra cash there.

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Last week my daughter, Hannah, asked me to take some shots of her sporting a new look.  Those images are here Hannah

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But the thing that is prompting me the most to write a blog post is what I did last night.  I have been going through a lot of my old images and found some that I realized have never been shown outside of my house or school.  These images are 20 some 30+ years old and I have really been enjoying revisiting them and putting them in a new gallery on my website.  I won’t include all the details about them here, but I did put captions of some of them.  So here’s the link to that Old News

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There is one image in this gallery though that is over 40 years old (1974 or 1975) .  When I first began shooting for the Fullerton Daily News Tribune I was given a Yashika Mat twin lens reflex camera and a gargantuan potato-masher Singer flash.  I think the battery pack for that beast was about 10 pounds all by itself.  One night I was shooting a basketball game and as is often the case there was a loose ball that everyone was scrambling for.  The only thing was that they were all scrambling towards me.  Being the light footed dodger I RAN away.  But as I fled the scene I turned my camera towards the action and got off one shot. (Which in those days was about all you could shoot anyway.  Motor drives and any-frames-per-second were way out of my league.)  With the flash and hand winding the film I was lucky to shoot more than one frame per minute.  When I got back to the paper and processed the film I was really excited that I got a good clean shot of that moment.  The managing editor, Al Hewitt, wanted me to enter it in a news photo contest, but I was not a member of any clubs so that never happened.  What did happen is that this was one of the images that first helped me realize I really like shooting pictures and maybe I’m pretty good at it too. Shooting styles, techniques and equipment have changed a lot since then and you can see the differences pretty clearly.  But, for a 19 year old kid, this was pretty heady stuff.  I did not fully pursue being a news photographer until 1984 when I was newly married and had some influences to finish getting my degree. But I do consider the beginning of my photo journey to be 1974 when I began working at the Fullerton Daily News Tribune.  This is like one of those times that Doc “Moonlight” Graham talks about in Field Of Dreams. “It was like being this close to your dreams and then watch them brush past you like a stranger in a crowd. At the time you don’t think much of it. You know we just don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they are happening. Back then I thought well, there will be other days. I didn’t realize that was the only day.”  I was fortunate to realize that I had a second chance at being a news shooter.  I hope to find a new opportunity again.

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Enjoy!

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Learning to fly…

Tom Petty said it well and I have been listening to his song “Learning To Fly”.

Here are the lyrics…

“Well I started out down a dirty road
Started out all alone
And the sun went down as I crossed the hill
And the town lit up, the world got still

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Well the good ol’ days may not return
And the rocks might melt and the sea may burn

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I’ve started out for God knows where
I guess I’ll know when I get there

I’m learning to fly, around the clouds,
But what goes up must come down

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing”

I am learning to fly (as a photographer) too after being knocked down a little. I have a new GoPro and have been playing with it a lot. I have a new gallery on my website with GoPro videos and time lapse footage. Tom is right that the good ol’ days may not return and my heart might get broken and my crown might be stolen. So what. I’m going to fly anyway. We’ll see where God knows.

Here’s a link to a video I shot with “Learning To Fly”.

Balloon Backyard and Sun still

 

 

 

 

If you’re at a place where you can, turn up the volume. :~)

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about me…just to get things started

I have been a working photojournalist since 1974 and earned my degree in photojournalism (Communications/Photography) at Cal State University, Fullerton in 1986.  I worked at several newspapers in Southern California including the South County offices of the Orange County Register.

I have always loved gathering images of the world around me and sharing them with others.  It has always been difficult to say why shooting images is so much fun, so rewarding.  Then one day while listening to “This I Believe” on NPR radio, I heard Rick Moody say in his essay, The Joy and Enthusiasm of Reading, “…High school was followed by college, where I read Umberto Eco’s Role of the Reader, in which it is said that the reader completes the text, that the text is never finished until it meets this voracious and engaged reader…”  At that moment I realized that photography is like that for me.  Unseen images are like the latent image – what is soon to be old fashioned – on film waiting to be dunked in the various chemicals and then revealed in the light.  The true image is revealed when it is shared in witness with others.

When you see these images you make them complete.  Look, think and remember these images…

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12.23.08

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