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Look around see what you do
The Canon is charged again. After a couple of months of being creatively dry, I finally started seeing again. I readily admit to being a hack, but even at that level it can be painful not having anything catch my interest or attention. It gets me thinking that maybe the ViMH with its infernal noise is right and that I should just retire to a grey existence. Fear isn't the only mind-killer. Expectation and comparison are right there with it.

I did break out of it, and have subject matter I can play with. The trouble now is that the air is heavy with the expectation of tomorrow's storm, and I just can't get my colors to come out right. I'll just keep my fingers crossed that Mr. Blue Sky will return before I lose interest.

I did, however, take a pic of my new kicks. They're a bit different than what I might normally consider, but they're growing on me:

New kicks
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superbgirl From: superbgirl Date: February 13th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like them! AND I think your pictures ROCK!

Where did you get them? I've been trying to find a new good pair of shoes and/or sneakers. I can't seem to find any though. I'm not much of a shopper in general and do NOT have that shoe thing so common with my gender, but still- you'd think I could find SOMETHING that fits, is comfortable, isn't $200, and looks decent. If I like the way something looks it's uncomfortable, and if I find something comfortable it's too expensive. GRRR.
komos From: komos Date: February 13th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thanks!

I got them at the Sketchers store at Downtown Crossing. I was looking to replace my black & grey ones, but they didn't have them in stock. $65, probably good for 2 years of heavy use.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: February 13th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are *perfect* man shoes. Well chosen.
komos From: komos Date: February 13th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes, just sometimes, I can play my y chromosome well. ^^
esmerel From: esmerel Date: February 13th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Geez, you and klae shop at the same damn stores, 3000 miles apart. wtf.

I think he just bought himself a very similar pair of shoes, but with white in them
komos From: komos Date: February 13th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
He has good tastes. ^^
cinemama From: cinemama Date: February 13th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice kicks! I completely understand. I go in and out of love with taking images of the world. Some days everything strikes me, then months go by when I couldn't care.
komos From: komos Date: February 13th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you do anything to shake out of it, or is it more organic?
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: February 14th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
They are the perfect man shoes AND they look great on you.

I'm glad your sight is back.
You're not a hack.
You have a great eye for color and form.

Can't wait to see the new stuff!
komos From: komos Date: February 15th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now I'm beginning to wonder what makes a good "man shoe."

I'm totally a hack. I just get very very lucky and only post images that I really like. It's perfectionism in action.

I'm still scared of shooting people.
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: February 15th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good man shoe = stylish, functional, not terribly expensive shoe that can transition from cool & casual to mildly dressy.

Your shoe = good man shoe because it is stylish (different, complementary color combinations), with shoe laces in fashion colors (different ones for day & night if you're a fashionista), functional and you can dress them up or dress them down.

Just because you take 20 pictures and only post one doesn't make you a hack. It does make you a perfectionist. Being a perfectionist isn't problematic unless you allow it to hold you back from trying.
Which it isn't.
Besides which, the quality of the photos you post are still beyond that which most mortals are capable.

People are scary, I don't blame you for being scared of shooting them.
schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: February 18th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

As usual, Emerson said it better than I ever could:

"Every artist was first an amateur."

An experiment: Shoot 20 pictures a day, every day. Of anything. Don't wait for inspiration, proper light, weather conditions, or the right human subject. Just shoot anything. Don't think about it too deeply. Keep them all, perfect or imperfect. (Download them daily; don't let them pile up.)

Do this for a month. Notice common patterns, colors, interests, techniques, times of day, faces. Select those that are more "successful," those that stand most strongly on the terms they set. Feel good that you were able to develop a theme or style.

Now, it gets interesting. Next month, 20 more a day, but in the theme or style that stood out most strongly from the first month. In poker, players who confine their play to starting hands with strong winning potential more frequently find themselves in possession of the pot. (Sounds intuitive, but there are many so-called pros who bet crap cards to the end and wonder why they lose millions.) What you are doing is determining your photographic "best starting hands." Shoot the subjects for which you have an affinity, and you will succeed more often. Some might say this makes one reliant or limited in range, but I don't recall anyone taking Ansel Adams to task for not photographing classic cars, nor William Wegman for not portraying cats. Find your focus and master it.

I am ripping this idea off from the 100 Words site (down for some reason), on which users write 100 words per day, no more, no fewer, for a month. It jarred me into action and picking up common threads from my writing. This exercise may do the same for you and build confidence. In reading your early entries when I first found your blog, I found your rising assurance in throwing clay and glazing pottery deeply inspiring. I actually wanted to spin a wheel to see what I could create, even as I knew your success was the result of practice, discipline, and unique inspiration. Same with your beer-making and baking artistry. Don't let perfectionism keep you from testing and expanding your photographic limits.

Lent is coming. Maybe bump the first month I mention above up to 40 days?
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