How do we as a society slow down? How can people find peace when the only nature they experience is a photo on a computer screen? I'm trying to leave my camera behind when I walk (for the most part) because I don't 'need' it. I know the landscapes I explore. I know when the sunset happens, I don't always need a photograph of it, because it happens every single night. I don't need to share landscapes as much. When I take my camera out (I had already walked/jogged four miles by the time took the camera out for the last mile). I'm taking the camera out to work on technical skills, not to document the experience.
I couldn't get my focus right in this photo, even with manual settings the sun is all the camera wanted to see as I made the juxtaposition.
When I'm out walking I'm filled with brilliance and have a million things that I think I could write about or say when I'm home writing on my blog. Then I get home and load my photos and start editing and I lose all my words. I can't remember what I wanted to say, I have vague memories of my sparks of genius.
I don't show you "reality" but I like my photos to be as "real" as possible. So I do not use a lot of filters (copouts) and I don't do a lot of photos in black and white. I pretty much think anything that I shot before last summer is total crap. I know I'm far harder on myself than other people in regards to photography. But it's good to want to be excellent.
Six years ago I didn't know about focus. I knew I had a $600 camera (which was expensive to me then). Six years ago I knew how to shoot in program mode and people were telling my photos were "good" and I had "talent"- my photos weren't very good at all and I really didn't have that much "talent" - six years later I'm equipped with great glass and knowledge. The knowledge is worth far more than those talentless shots of the fall of 2009, and the beginning this blog five years ago. Skill has to be nurtured, talent has to be identified and found, yet I still think we spend so much time on remediating kids that we miss so much talent. Why can't we focus on natural skills over remediating them for their weaknesses. Our education system is a weakness based system. Our resources are spent in remediation instead of excellence.
So I'm a history teacher again. It is kind of hard to get back into identifying with all things education since I left in 2010. I'm glad that I am more than a career. But I have to start exercising again to deal with stress, today I went well over five miles and by the time we were almost finished walking I was hungry and my phone was dead. So we went back to the field and I found a melon and broke it.
This week I spent a lot of time discussing the Paleolithic versus the Neolithic and the importance of agriculture. So, in honor of those discussions I gathered. I was also hypoglycemic with a dead phone and a half a mile from the house.
So I ripped the heart out with my bare hands and I ate watermelon as I walked back to the house. I killed my phone listening to The Great Unknown and my Mom and Sister came to look for me, and found me walking out of the field with two handfuls of melon and I had to explain the death of my phone and how my dogs needed to go swimming.
So if the only nature you get is looking at photos on a computer screen, you're missing out on a lot of life. If the only learning you do is reading blogs and blurbs; go read a book. If the only music you love is on the radio; go to a concert. Go Live Your Own Story. *And maybe start to write it because it's something that only you can do.