I see things. Okay, I see things in my manufacturing world that others don't see. I see the root cause to problems. Why? Exactly that . . . Why? / I keep asking Why? to myself, or to others, pealing back the layers of "symptoms" people would perceive as the cause. I have become very good at that. So why am I writing this?
I observe. I observe people, surroundings, I take it in, I look at the good, the joy, and make it my own. Yes it is shared because there are inputs from all around, yet I can make it my own because of how I interpret. This interpretation, this learned sense, is what makes each of us a unique individual. It comes from all around. This becomes inspirational, all that is around and imaginative.
I made up a phrase one day when a respected peer of mine came up to me and said, "you're smart, you know a lot." That knocked me backwards because I do not think of myself that way. What I said back to him from my own thought was, "I know all there is to know, because what I don't know is not known to me yet." The key work being "yet." Through observation, taking it all in, enjoying, I am seeing what I do not know yet, which instantly becomes a known, a new joy, a new rhythm in life. Which leads me to my other phrase that has been my own written motto for some time, "Carpe Diem! Contribute to the play of life."
There is a purpose to writing all of that. My photography is giving me a new way of observing, of peeling back the layers of surface observation that people see and react to, and looking further to a joy I see. Nothing is to remain perfect. Those who claim to be at the top of their game, whether art or business, will soon fail. For that instant it was observed as perfection, the next instant it became out of date, and if you would have looked at it as a future event, it would still not be perfect. Yes, I enjoy Ansel Adams work a lot. If he were alive today, I would think that even he would look at his work and suggest he could do better. This is My drive, which includes having fun at all I do.
What brought me to this thought? Well a couple of things. First and foremost was the experience at Paul Henry's 76th JAM. Second, I was driving around a saw a very interesting building that I would have enjoyed photographing. However after seeing further, I found I jumped at the first layer of enjoyment, similar to that first layer in problem solving, thinking "that's it!". I continued to look, I began to see the telephone poles, the wires, all of the cars passing by, and thought "this is not the photo I want to motivate me". The image of the building motivated, but not all that was around. People tend to photograph what first brings joy to them, later to realize they never noticed the other layers right in front of them; the wires, poles, cars.
Thursday night, like the other Thursday nights at Paul Henry's, was different in many ways. You still had the "norm" which I admit I fall into. Meaning coming and taking photos, listening to the artists perform, taking in that first layer. You have to stop and "see" in order to make it your own.
The photo lost is the one never taken. The skill is being able to only keep what felt to be "your vision", as imperfect as it might be. So these photos are "my own", not perfect, but "my own." To share them means I am hoping to give you knew knowledge for you to make it "your own".
When I arrived there was a lot of mingling going on, pecking at the keyboard, discussions on cameras. As I walked through the gallery, faces started popping up all around me. Not the people, but the people in the art. Here are some photos.
I swear I see David going thbbbb at me . . .