On the way up.

January 25, 2020  •  2 Comments

shapes and anglesOn the way up

 

I've found that by changing my perspective, I can really see life through a different lens.

In photography, we have a choice of focal lengths which can change the focus from the large (It's a fair) to pulling in details from within that view (the lines and angles of the wheel).  The same is true with our view on our lives in general.  I catch myself so focused on the wide view which can be overwhelming, instead of paying attention to the details. 

2019 was a challenging year in many ways for me.   

Professionally, workload at times was overwhelming.  I like to be in control of situations and with so many projects all hitting at once, I usually felt that I was just trying to fight the fire in front of me instead of being able to come up with a strategy to prevent them in the first place.

Photography wise, I took fewer pictures than ever.  I did have a few enjoyable excursions which reminded me why I enjoy making and sharing images, but too many times I didn't make the effort to stop and take a photo I should have.

Writing became a challenge also.  When I'm on the downside of the Ferris Wheel of Life, it becomes too easy for me to turn inward and start to focus on what doesn't seem to be right instead of keeping the Fair in mind.  This blog languished because I didn't know what to write or how to share what was going on.  The image we want to project to the world versus the reality of life we all face.

Onward to 2020.

I've been seeing the meme started by Dolly Parton showing how we project ourselves in different social media outlets.  Social media sharing tends to be those high points.  We present ourselves on LinkedIn as the professional we are in our day-jobs.  Instagram is about pretty images and snaps of the beautiful.  Facebook (personal pages maybe not commerical ones at least) are the images of the life we want our friends to see.  I don't have Tinder, but that is the lover we see ourselves as I guess and what we are looking to attract.

Looking at my accounts, I know I do this also usually.  I have friends who do open themselves up (at least to a close circle) on Facebook with the challenges and more personal aspects of their life.  As an introvert, that is probably one of the most difficult things for me to do.  Only my wife and my closest circle of friends really know what is going on from day-to-day beyond the Public Persona.  Being me, its hard to think of being that open to others, too much risk and too many memories of how that openness has hurt in the past.

2020 has honestly started off great for me.  I'm making more photographs.  I feel better about myself.  I see that confidence coming across in my professional and personal life in unexpected ways.  I'm also back to writing more and feeling more willing to lower the veil a little from time-to-time about what is happening behind the scenes in the day-to-day life.

I'm enjoying writing my blog again.  It's really a letter from me to the world.  I'm honored that folks take the time to read what I write.  More importantly, I'm writing in my personal journal again and putting on paper those things that I'm not ready or willing to even post here.  I'm feeling more creative and trying to take the chance to make new images when the chance presents.  That creativity flows over into my professional life where I'm finding new ways to attack problems with more decisiveness.

I hope you be along for the upward swing. 

Gene

 


Comments

Al Griffin(non-registered)
I have followed your train/rusted rail images for years. I just stumbled across this blog. Wow. Powerful introduction and timely. The act of creation in either word or image is both pleasing and painful I believe. And the balance we strive to achieve comes at a cost. I look forward to following this blog.
Steve Boyko(non-registered)
Hi Gene, glad you're on the upswing! We all go through those troughs but it's how you come out the other end that matters. Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2020.
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