Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Doctor ... Notyet

Although the interviews at ISU went well, and I'm mentally ready to ... not sure what to put here.
Increase my education
Pursue a doctorate
Explore a new path
???

I'm mentally ready, but physically it's just not possible. Drive to Pocatello, a social with the other candidates and current doctoral students, a day of interview, and drive home. Doesn't sound like much, but it completely exhausted me. While they were interviewing me, I was interviewing them, and without knowing it, my body was paying close attention to the whole process.

I've withdrawn my name from consideration for this cohort. It's possible I could be healthier by fall, even healthy enough to withstand the rigors of a doctoral program. Possible, but not probably. And I would hate to take a spot, start the program, then have to withdraw because I just can't do it.

At some point I will get a doctoral degree. For now, I must be content with what I'm doing: teaching as an adjunct, writing, photography, and exercise. I haven't worked out in a long time though - which I will correct. And I think I have my next book idea.

I'm working on the mind map now, trying to organize my ideas, give the idea some structure and direction. But I think it has the possibility to be a good book. Who knew I might someday be an author? Not me.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Life Imitating Art

I recently read several books by +David duChemin. In one of them he talks about intentionality within the frame. As photographers we have the ability and responsibility to be intentional about what we include in a photograph. For example, that "car" in the background, which is distracting from the subject ... why did I include that in the frame?

Many people would answer, "It's in the picture because it was there."

But we have lots of options, as photographers and post-processors.
1. I could move, reframing the photograph, eliminating the distracting object.
2. I could crop the photo to eliminate the distracting object.
3. I could clone out the car.

The point is, everything in my photograph should be there on purpose. Nothing should be there "just because it's there."

I realized, while sitting in a Boise Camera Club meeting, this advice is exactly the way I've been living my life the last several years. When I started simplifying I was in effect asking, "Why is this object included in the frame of my house." Later I started asking, "Why is this activity included in the frame of my life?"

My photography is following the path of my life. I've been looking at my images, being very conscious about what I include in the frame. I've been focusing on finding the important subject in each image, eliminating the distractions, those elements that draw my attention away from the important. But until now, I hadn't connected this photographic path with my journey to simplify my life.

I find this interesting, intriguing, and worthy of much more thought and reflection.