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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seemore@maxphotobiz.com



12.23.08

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