It’s been a week since I finished up here. Unwilling to put the camera away, I did take a few days off & caught up with stuff that got ignored during the daily chase. The urge to shoot, however, is strong & I have been out & about.
I’ve been casting about looking for a project to sink my teeth into and, until I settle on one, will take a more leisurely approach to shooting. To that end, and to keep this last year separate from anything else, I have started another blog.
I had intended to spend a lot of words talking about what I learned in the past year. On reflection, though, I think that each of us who embarks on a journey will find that it is one of self discovery. Each day is another opportunity and making the most out of each one will yield results that are personal. If I can share the stories and visions along the way, I’m satisfied. So, in the words of the infamous Brian – ‘Carry On’.
Well, this is it. The final episode of a year long venture.
I wasn’t sure what the end would look like but, as chance would have it, I had spent the evening at Doug & Betty’s partying and making loud music with friends of 40+ years. In the cold, grey light of morning as I looked out the kitchen window, I saw this image & went after it. (Looks best in full screen.)
Symbolically – leaving the confines of the yard to strike out on another adventure. I won’t simply be wandering off into the sunset to disappear. I’ve decided to take on a project – yet to be defined – but it will involve people. People live their experiences and tell their stories. Maybe I can capture some of that.
The past year has been a challenge and a learning experience with the odd day (or days) of frustration and yearning for it to end, but mostly satisfaction at capturing some images that I like. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve achieved what I set out to do – reinvigorate my passion for shooting. Along the way I have realized that, as an art form, photography takes effort, knowledge and continual learning. As with a traditional art form, simply taking a picture or making marks on paper do not an artist make. The effort is a combination of indulging the artistic eye with as much background & technical information as one can possibly call on to make it work.
So, thank you to the folks who have shared my view of the world around me, have commented on it and have decided to follow this adventure. It’s been a kick start to whatever comes next. And it has been a heck of a documentary on one year of my life.
Canadian Museum of Civilization, soon to be transformed into the Museum of History.
This image depicts a laundromat operated by a Chinese worker.
For those who have never been there, the second image is the grand hall as seen on entering the museum.