Thu - June 14, 2007
A Man of Action
A friend of mine passed away last Friday. Gary Hooper was truly an amazing individual. He had a constant smile and a frequent laugh that never failed to make anyone in the room feel better than they had before he got there.
Gary lived his life with a level of enthusiasm and a work ethic unlike anybody I've ever known. He never just talked about doing something, he did it. He held more than one professional position that, on paper, he wasn't qualified for. But in reality he was more than qualified. I worked with Gary for 7 years, and he never failed to amaze me. Not only did he excel professionally, but at the same time that he was rapidly moving up the 'company ladder', he built the most beautiful house I've ever seen for his family (that's not an exaggeration, and when I say he built it, I mean he physically built it.). And if anyone of us mentioned we needed help with something, big or small, no one was quicker to offer, and deliver, help than Gary.
I'm not sure why Gary had to leave this life so young, but he certainly made an impact on those around him. I'm not going to forget him and there are some lessons that I intend to carry with me from his life. Be passionate and enthusiastic. Be decisive and get it done. And when you need help, ask for it, even if it's humbling, everybody needs help sometimes and people like to help.
I miss you Gary.
Posted at 09:31 AM
Fri - May 11, 2007
Traveling on Foot
~The volume and depth and intensity of the world is something that only those on foot will ever experience. - Werner Herzog (from his book Herzog on Herzog)
I didn't read the book, I found the quote on this blog . Thanks to my friend Tod for forwarding me the link.
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Posted at 09:25 AM
Wed - April 11, 2007
Pearls before Breakfast
When I was in Savannah I did a lot of walking. And it occurred to me that I really like walking! So since I've been back I've made it a point to do some walking every day. Today as I was walking around town doing some errands it occurred to me that most of the world is invisible to the motoring public. Driving is always in a hurry, even if we're out of town we're looking for the familiar and ignoring everything else.
We don't even realize that we're missing something, when in fact we might be missing everything....
Read this Washington Post article if you have time, it's worth it. Pearl's Before Breakfast
Lower your shields, look around, soak in the beauty around you. You'll be glad you did. :-)
Posted at 07:58 PM
Wed - April 4, 2007
My heart is celebrating right now. Something wonderful happened last night and I reconnected with my soul mate. :-)
These were all taken Sunday morning in Georgia.
Posted at 09:55 AM
Sun - April 1, 2007
The next step
Over the next few days I'm going to share some of the images I've taken here in Savannah. But first I'm going to skip right to the end. These two images from yesterday afternoon are, for me, the most significant images I've ever created. That's all I'm going say. If you want to know the story, you'll have to ask me, bring some red wine. :-)
Posted at 12:22 PM
Tue - January 9, 2007
So in the last 10 months I've made 100 entries to this blog! Most of those have been 'job related', but in the future I see more of 'myself' showing up here...
I read a lot of other photographer's blogs and chat on forums to keep up with what others are doing in my business, here are a couple quotes I really like that I lifted from Joe Photo's blog:
"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are." -Ernst Haas
Commit this thought to memory. The camera, in the hands of an artist is an extension of the artist. That is why our images and vision are all unique. If you feel stuck or limited, expand your perspective and your images will improve. -Joe Photo
Joe is an amazing photographer who shares his passion and secrets openly with the rest of the photographic world. I'm always amazed at how the top people in this business are so open and willing to help others. While my own personal style is my own and I work hard to create the most beautiful work possible (in my own way), I certainly wouldn't be where I am today without the help of dozens of caring photographers who've been in this business longer than I....
Posted at 07:36 AM
Fri - August 4, 2006
Big Day... Full Time
In photography there are 3 recognized levels of 'serious' photographers, Hobbyists, Part Time Pros and Full Time Pros. I was a Hobbyist for more than 15 years, and a part time Pro for the last two. Today is my last 'part time' day and my last day as a salaried employee at my day job. I've worked hard to get here, I'm not completely sure how it will work or exactly what the future will hold. But I'm sure it will be interesting. Life should be interesting. Whatever happens, the important thing is to enjoy the ride.....
Posted at 06:43 AM