I’ve been remiss at posting the films I’m sending to Advancing Your Photography on YouTube. I think if most people knew what my life was actually like they would shake their head in both bewilderment and perhaps even a dusting a pity. (I do NOT deserve pity unless you consider self-inflicted wounds.)
This morning at 3 AM I was online answering emails. I’m not happy or proud but it’s the truth. We had a little snag with a project and I needed to address it in real-time. I did eventually get back to sleep but now I sit here in a slight fog watching the snowfall. Even though I just turned fifty-one I still feel like I have SO much to learn and I feel like my life is a neverending parade of mistakes.
Thinking back to my early photography-hood I see a confused young man who thought he knew what he was doing. And there were people around him who thought he knew what he was doing. They gave him jobs, graded his work and pushed him forth into the world to battle those photographic battles he so desired.
But the truth is I wasn’t prepared or particularly intelligent about life itself. I was myopic and not in a good way. My life was about the rectangle. That’s it. I had yet to fire a single square image, so my life was framed almost entirely through my Leica M4-P and 28mm. Everything else in my life went away.
Athletics, the outdoor world, friends, family, everything. All I wanted to do was shoot then obsess over the details. What a waste. All these years later I’ve learned a thing or two and wish I could go back and educate my younger, wilder self. Reading, writing, speaking, taking chances and collaborating are all things I mostly dropped the ball on. Don’t do what I did. Do what I do, now.
This little film is about advice. A few things I consider to be daily essentials.