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He waits patiently

This very adorable old man dog waits patiently for his mistress to get her shopping (probably some dog food) and take him home so he can kick back and relax for the rest of the day until he needed again to escort her to the local shops again.

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Maybe I’m starting to get the hang of this.

Well this week or so has been quite monumentous really, I haven’t scaled a mountain or saved anyones life or anything like that. But in my own tiny little world I have made a huge shift in terms of where I am in the world. I was at first massively overwhelmed on entering the Social Media world. I kept coming across loads of articles about what you have to do in order to be a success to make your business work and so on.

Striking out on my own has been pretty terrifying, after years of working a corporate job the adjustment to doing it yourself is quite a big one and it is easy to get lost in the tidal wave of what you should be doing in order to make things work and where you should be by such and such a time and the truth is I think that it takes as long as it takes and for some that is longer than others. I have still been getting caught up in my I have to do something sensible to pay the bills and something sensible looks like what everyone else is saying has to be done, which didn’t seem to be working.

I have been spending most of my time running round trying different things and ding less of what I left my job to do. All the while becoming more and more frustrated and doubting of myself. Then I had a crazy idea, what about I stop trying to do all this stuff that I’m not really interested in and get back to what it is I really care about. Did it make me an over night success? No. It did however remind me of why I love what I do, why I decided to step out on my own and trust that I could manage from month to month and suddenly like magic I started to find the joy in what I do again.


Social Media

I have over the last few months been exploring the different types of tools and Social Media toys out there designed for getting yourself out there into the world and being seen. What has struck me is just how amazing it is to be able to sign up and plug into a world of different people and cultures. Sharing similar interests and generously interacting with each other. It’s all very captivating and exciting.

I can post up my work and show anyone who cares to follow or watch me what I am up to. I can tell people what I am thinking, I can even show people where I am. I can selectively share with different groups. It’s all very engaging and I more often than once found myself spending a whole day glued to the screen following and exploring other people’s work and meanderings. It’s fun and there is always something new and exciting to see or explore but what I realize more and more is I just don’t have enough time for it all. What I am missing out on now is time for me, for how I see the world and my work. I find more and more I am looking at other people’s work and questioning whether or not my work is up to scratch and whether or not what I am trying to refine in the way I capture my work is valid. This kind of comparative behaviour is a real creativity killer. I have come across it before and as a younger person so I am familiar this destructive behaviour and I am to make that shift that enables me to look at what I can learn from what I see rather than compare myself to it. So where do you find a balance with all this stuff?

I can completely see that there is great value in the tools that give me the ability to reach out to people I have not had the chance to reach out to before and make a connection with them. But there is very little point in reaching out if I then have nothing to say, or I have not taken the time to focus on my work. What I am getting more and more from exploring the social media landscape is that most importantly although I am dazzled by the sheer wealth of incredible talent out there I am looking to connect with people and to connect with others as a person. I want to share not just the work I do but the parts of me and my history that got to where I am and maybe in some way to help others looking for the same thing to keep reaching for what they are going for.


Painting with Light

Leaf Light Painting

It’s been a bit longer than I intended to be with my next post but I have been busy and sometimes real life can pull you away from the digital one. So what have I been up to? I’ve been exploring the world of Skillpages which is a sort of Freelance directory where you can put your skills up and also put out opportunities for other Freelancers a kind of open market which so far has not appeared to generated much by way of traffic but I am not really sure what is expected of me in order to create interest. The thing about all this Social Media is it is great for getting the word out if you spend all your time on it updating and posting, but if you also want to be out in the world doing what you do and not constantly attached to your smart phone it can be tricky to keep the momentum going I think.

Anyway while being out and about in the world I have been doing some experimental work with my photographs, a friend of mine sent me a youtube link of a guy demonstrating how he ‘paints with light’ (his website is at http://americanprideandpassion.com ) it was fascinating to me. When I was just starting out with my camera before digital cameras were about. I remember watching a TV programmer about the history of photography and one of the historians being interviewed using exactly the same phrase it instantly caught my imagination and I have been taking photographs with that in mind ever since. So to see this technique was really exciting for me and I have been experimenting with it and getting more and more of an idea of how to use it myself. It has been great fun and taken a fair bit of time but always worth it.


Hello world!

Dipping my toe in the Social Media Ocean is pretty exciting. There is so much going on out here and it’s pretty easy to be overwhelmed. I’m trying to keep my information streams to a minimal but even then it’s pretty full on.

Right now I am sorting through over a decade of digital images and trying to work out how I can make sense of them for more public display here. This is when a touch of OCD would have come in handy unfortunately I tend to sit on the other end of that spectrum. It is lovely to wander through the images I have taken in the past reminding me of good times, places I have been and people I have lost touch with.

My camera has been a wonderful reason to get out into the world and see things and to meet people. I was as a young person fantastically shy and having a camera was for me the perfect way of being out in the world and talking to people without feeling stupid. I had a job to do, take pictures, fantastic!


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