The Personal Post

The Church at Nambe Nambe, New Mexico, 2016

The Church at Nambe
Nambe, New Mexico, 2016

This is a blog about photography (well, my photography and my approach to it anyway), so I try not to write about other things, like personal issues that go on in my life.  However, my personal approach to practicing photography (or any art for that matter) is that you should be incorporating it into your daily life as a matter of course – in short, that you should live your art every day, just like you live your work, your health, your relationships, etc.

So, the truth is that if you’re doing it right, the one thing (e.g. photography) should be linked inextricably to the others (everything else you do that makes you who you are).  And that’s where things can get a bit messy, because when things start to go off the rails in other parts of your life, they necessarily will drag along the art part of your life with it.  And of course, things really can and do go off the rails sometimes.

I really have no lessons to offer here, no morals to teach, it’s just an observation.  I haven’t been posting much recently, and I may or may not be doing so for the foreseeable future.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted July 24, 2016 at 8:23 am by Sharon | Permalink

    I saw the picture on facebook but I didn’t open the blog until today. I know you’re already feeling better but I wanted you to know I’ve felt the same way. I didn’t have anyone around to make me want to write during the tough times in my life and I wish I had. Losing control of your life and losing control of who you are, how you see yourself… I wish I had kept writing instead of feeling detached and incapable of summoning an adequate level of passion to make it worth trying. I don’t have any specific advice to keep you working on photography while you work through these personal things… but if I can help, I will. Maybe concentrate on getting out and finding new places to shoot. Maybe look at your old work with me and be surprised how much you enjoy it still. Maybe try something entirely new or return to images you have forgotten about. I don’t know. But keep moving forward. You have a gift and it’s part of you even when you don’t feel it. Your work means a lot to me and if you find yourself needing someone to talk art with or someone to sit down with you and help you get started… I’m here.

    • Posted July 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm by admin | Permalink

      Thank you, Sharon. I wish I could write more, but I’ll just say your kind words mean a lot and are sincerely appreciated.

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