Creative: A Special Moment

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I was invited on an early morning boat trip down the coast. The reason for the trip was very personal and not something I want to share here, but I do want to share a few of the images. I spend so much time in front of a screen that a trip like this, however brief, feels like an epic voyage. I was honored to be included on this trip, and I took the responsibility seriously. Making photographs that is. There was never any word of me making images, but I texted and asked if it would be okay. I didn’t do this for myself I actually did it for my friend, but I was happy to be able to fire away.

It was a beautiful day. Cool but not cold. A small swell but not rough. And light that just kept coming. I wrote a few weeks ago how I felt like I was finding myself attempting to make good images once again, something I hadn’t really done in several years. This day felt the same. Look for light. Look for moments and pounce. I think I shot almost two hundred images over a four-hour span, unheard of for me, but nonetheless it felt right at the time. I think I was so excited to have a target, a story, a moment.

What this event did for me was rekindle the desire to go make images and tell stories.(For me.) I’ve been dabbling with motion over the past few weeks, even attempted a Vlog, but did one episode and was so turned off by aiming the camera at myself I just deleted the entire thing. (My generation didn’t point our cameras at ourselves.) And now that I think about it. I don’t want to do motion. There, I said it. I feel like I haven’t even fully explored still yet even after all these years. I also know the absolute glut of motion on the market today. There is SO much, and some of it is really, really good. What am I going to do at this point? I don’t feel like I can add to the conversation with motion, at least at my current skill level, but I do feel I can with stills, observations and words. I’d still rather have a great, static piece in print than a successful film on Vimeo. Ideally I’d like to have both, but I’m not sure it’s in the cards for me at the moment.

The last thing I want to say is the beauty of this trip, and these images, was that it made me think, appreciate and reflect. You could easily call this self-centered horse shit, and I’d probably second that at least to some degree, but these moments fuel me in ways I can hardly explain. I feel change on the way. And I feel this is a good thing. I was so happy I was there this day. So happy I made these images, and when it came time to send them to my friend I was thrilled, and a bit nervous. Personal, private moments come with responsibility, and it shouldn’t be any other way.

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  1. It has been a source for inner peace for me for over 60 years. The process of taking pictures is very soothing to the soul.

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      Good to hear. That inner peace thing is a good thing to carry around. Like your camera.

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  2. I think I can guess what took you to the open ocean. Moments like that are very delicate and definitely need of a sensitive eye and a very specific type of personality to make pictures there. I think you have both.

    I’m glad to see that you are finding your path again. One step at the time Dan, one step at the time.

    Video … well, F it! I don’t dislike it but I rather have one solid strong image than a solid strong video. Any day. Video has taken over … Is time to reclaim the value of the still image!!!

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      Stills are SO easy in comparison. But great stills are still rare and difficult. I was looking at an old snapshot earlier, and a part of my brain-for a split second-was “Oh, I can go to YouTube and find the film. Then I realized there WAS NO FILM. The still was it, and the fact it didn’t give me more was what made it so great. I studied it and studied it and had to fill in the blanks with my mind.

    2. … [The still was it, and the fact it didn’t give me more was what made it so great. I studied it and studied it and had to fill in the blanks with my mind.] … And, to me, that is the beauty, greatness, and magic of stills

  3. I love still images, and I love the spoken word, including the work you do. YouTube is one way to combine the two. Don’t think “motion,” think slideshow.

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      Hey Joe,

      That’s what I’ve been doing, but you still multiple your post time exponentially, especially if you are attempting to fill a 3 minute slideshow with images. I’ve done five of these as of late and they all took A LOT of time. I like them, but I can turn an audio only in about five minutes.

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