Time and Photography: Part II

January 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Caught between the past and the present.  Some might call it a mid-life crisis.  My relationship with time has changed.  I no longer find myself wishing away time and racing towards a perceived brighter future like I once did.  Sure, I am as goal-oriented and hard-working as ever.  The real difference is that I've learned to appreciate the journey much more.  Even while aspiring to a "better" life, I'm now able to really appreciate the here and now.  It is possible to live for both today and tomorrow.  Photography helps me keep that perspective.  Life holds no guarantees and it is important to make good memories while you can.  Having goals is motivating and accomplishing them is satisfying.  My motto when tackling a big goal is "something is better than nothing"...meaning that you sometimes have to take little steps and keep pressing forward, even if it seems like you're only inching forward.  Remember "The Little Engine That Could"?  Keep on trucking...and don't forget to take a pit stop along the way!

Gregory

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Time and Photography: Part I

January 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Photography is a sort of time capsule and a special window into history.  It is art and artifact.  From time to time, I've gone to estate sales, antique auctions and antique stores.  A few of the treasures I've found along the way include vintage cameras, photos and slides.  The image below was made by scanning an old slide and restoring it on my computer.  I have no idea who the subject was or who the original owner of the slides was.  This is an image that might have been lost forever, but it found its way to me.  I love it and the many others I've come across.  Doing this work can be time consuming (another "time" aspect of photography), but to me it's worth the effort.  I'm so thankful to have a hobby that I enjoy on many different levels.  Who's bored?  Not me!  

Gregory


Fitness and Photography

January 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

You might wonder:  What does fitness have to do with photography or vice versa?  In some cases, there is no big connection.  However, you might have noticed that many professional photographers are relatively fit.  Coincidence?  Perhaps.  However, in order to really get out there and get good photos, it requires some physical ability.  I personally appreciate my body more these days because of what it allows me to do in the world.  That appreciation motivates me to take better care of it through diet, exercise and rest (although I tend to shortchange the rest factor and need to work on that!).  Being healthy and fit has many benefits beyond being able to fit into your favorite outfit or looking good on the beach.  Something to think about as the New Year's resolutions are swirling around.  Cheers to being your best self and living life to the fullest!

Gregory


Why Photography?

January 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

My first real camera was purchased from a pawn shop in Nashville, Tennessee.  I bought it to use in a black and white photography course that I was taking at Vanderbilt University.  Drawing was my first love and then I dabbled in painting.  Photography came next.  In the class, we used film (this was before digital photography even existed) and developed our own prints in a dark room.  My camera wasn't the best and my technical skills were limited.  Even so, I got an A in the class.  Fast forward to 2004 when I bought my first digital camera in San Diego, California after completing a semester and a half of law school.  With digital, there was the opportunity to take more photos at less cost and, even more importantly, to be very creative with editing photos.  Suddenly, my photography bug and artistic passion were more closely wed.  I could create more in less time and space than ever before.  How exciting!  Another reason I began to fall more deeply in love with photography was because it got me out into the world and helped me connect with others, including meeting people I might not have ever met otherwise.  Photography remains my favorite hobby and I love having the opportunity to share my vision and creations with all of you!

Gregory

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