Welcome welcome to the land of the mini cooper. it’s cute. Has two doors. And can turn on a dime. Also available in British racing green.
Ok. The post is just after midnight. But I’m counting it as posting on the 11th. Definitely.
We all walk along different paths. Be ready for opportunity when paths cross. You never know when something will come along that makes you deliriously happy.
For me, that something is Suzanne. The love of my life. She’s been in London for three months on a work assignment. Tomorrow she’ll be back in Chicago for good.
Welcome back Suz. I love you!
It’s been a while since I’ve been out on my bike. Look how happy biking can make someone. That guy in the photo—ridiculously happy. Clearly. Time to get back on the bike and do some training this summer.
Those paths we choose, those which we walk along, are determined often by our subconscious. We’re rarely privy to what goes on behind the scenes, even in our own minds. But must be prepared for the moment of inspiration when it chooses to make itself known.
Despite cluelessness as to what goes on behind the scenes in our minds we an influence our subconscious thoughts by choosing to feed our subconscious with proper sustenance. This is done through positivity. The positivity of purpose.
Some great reading on the power of our subconscious includes Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman. Think Rich, Go Rich by Napoleon Hill provides a great framework but misses much of the later psychological insights later gleaned through research.
I’m weak. I love shopping for photo gear. I love buying photo gear. I love looking at all the cool new gadgets (do I really need a lens for my iPhone? YES! NO! AHHHHHH!). But let’s face it. None of this has done much to improve my photography.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
To get better, shoot more. For every photo I publish I’ve likely shot at least 100 that I’ve rejected. I’ve gotten lucky with some shots. It’s frustrating. But amazing too. If you’re interested, read Eric Kim’s 10 Tips on How to Cure Yourself of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
But in interest of full disclosure, here’s some of my gear. I like to keep things simple. Digital is all Nikon. I have a 35mm prime, 50mm prime, and the 18-55 kit lens which never leaves the bag. I shoot with several film cameras: A Canon QL17 Rangefinder, and Nikon N65, and an Olympus Point & Shoot from the 80s. Each film camera has it’s own characteristics so I like to play around with them. I love the Canon. But I’m so used to auto focus at this point that it’s sometimes hard to shoot with it. I’m on a bit of a film camera collecting binge (see, I’m weak). I also have an old Rusisian Zorki, a second Canon QL17, 1930s Kodak.
I can’t completely cure myself of gear-head syndrome. It’s fun. Bresson shot his street photos with a 50mm lens. I like to switch it up a bit more. I’ll never be as good as Bresson, but I can take his lesson of simplicity to heart and have fun doing it!
Sometimes I have a problem with structured decision making. Not a huge problem. I’m generally able to get from A to B. I don’t forget to shower. I dress well. My apartment is cluttered but certainly doesn’t smell. I like to act on the spur of the moment even if that moment was preceded by months of research.
But faced with competing options I often face internal gridlock: Do I want to start a blog? I don’t know. Yes. I guess. But what would I write about? Politics? Law? Photography? Should I use Blogger, WordPress, or Tumblr? Separate blogs for different topics?
What the hell do I want to do with my life? IDK my BFF Jill. I’m indecisive. I want to do everything. I’m interested in everything interesting. Can I pick just one thing? Do I have to pick just one? What if I suck at what I pick?
See. Questions are outnumbered by answers.
Here’s what I want for myself in its most distilled form:
I want to write.
I want to write well.
I want people to read what I write.
I want people to learn from what I write.
I want to learn.
I want to learn about anything that interests me.
I want to learn from what I write.
I want to teach.
I want to teach about topics I love.
I want to be an expert.
I want a family.
I want to be a good husband.
I want to be a good father.
I want to be a good son.
I want a dog (yes, dogs make this list, I love dogs)
So. I took a trip out to Austin, Texas a few weeks ago for a wedding with my girlfriend. It was the first time I met her family. Yes, I was stressed before I got there. But it was really a ton of fun! And Suz obliged by letting me do some photography.