After the serious nature of the last post I thought I would link to this video that caught my attention today, it totes made me laugh!
The past few weeks have presented problems personal and professional. Although my slate may not be entirely clear right now (such as the the one above), I feel that it is getting there, primarily using interesting solutions.
In handling the personal problems I have found myself analysing different philosophies, but have resorted to the "shoot first and ask questions later" approach. This has yielded the results that have confirmed what I already knew. Although Schrödinger would disagree with me (having not opened the box), you can still get a sense of whether the cat is alive or not.
I have allowed other professional commitments build up a little over the last few months and have started clearing them in the most optimum way that I can with the current work commitments that I have. It's progressing as best as possible and starting new projects while clearing old ones has also been good for focusing my mind.
What have I learned from this?
- Start: there is no go point or good time.
- Commit: Forgive yourself if you fail to reach a target, but recommit each day.
- Quit: Know when to quit. There is a lot of philosophies regarding never quitting, but it's important to know when to quit, some things are just not going to work/happen.
- Energy: Positive thoughts are not enough without positive actions and positive feelings.
- Trust: If you get a bad feeling about a person or situation, trust it.
Perhaps, the most important lesson of all - "Is what I am doing today getting me to where I want to go tomorrow?". The answers can be quite revealing, both the destination and the method. I feel like i am not now stuck between "Fuck it and What if".
Satrurday night saw myself and @alycoste taking an impromptu visit to Saint Fillans to take some shots of Rob Mulholland's artpience "Still", commonly known as the mirror man. I have more details about it in my original post from May. The weather turned out better than expected and it appeared that many people had the same idea as we met @espixie @_liam_jardine and @katie_smith80 all there taking photographs as well!
It was really nice to meet some new people that are also keen photographers and instagrammers, one of my favourite aspects of this social media platform. As I have posted about this sculpture and the area before I am just going to post some of my images here, click to enlarge on tablet/desktop.
I can almost taste winter in the morning right now, I actually thought for a second that the morning dew on my car windscreen was frozen this morning. I was positively excited by the prospect of having to scrape the windscreen. September has long been my favourite month of the year. In years gone past it has been the month that I returned to University, or at least started to build apprehension of going back. Nowadays it signifies that Winter is Coming, without the White Walkers of course.
I look forward to the nights getting longer and the temperatures dropping. As a photographer it means that light trails become ever present in my photo stream, sunsets are harder to catch but sunrise gets easier (especially in my case) and probably most important, the air gets clearer and the photographs crisper.
Of course Winter has drawbacks that most people like to complain about such as not being able to feel your hands after being outside for ten minutes, but I think that it is a price worth paying.
I have added my favourite winter shot from my favourite place to this post, I may have posted it in here at some other point but it is worth posting again. I hope you are as excited by the prospect of winter as I am.
Have added two new prints to the shop, both from Glasgow University in Black and White. One of the archway through to the quadrangle and one in the cloisters adjacent to the quadrangle. Details can be seen in the prints page.