Sometimes a photograph is not about a pretty smile a sunset or one of those surreal frozen water landscapes. A photo can be a story encapsulated in a frame or a series of frames. The photo below is my lab space in Architecture School. Nothing contrived, the wire spool table, coffee maker and state of the art sound system were simply the results of students using what was at hand. This space was housed in Building X. There was no sign that told you what this building was and it was not labeled on the campus map. The joke was that you could find a honest man before you found Building X.
The quality is not so hot because this is a photo of a photo. The original is much better but it won’t tell you any more of the story. I will do a proper scan and print but the importance is in the little slice of college life. It was in this room that I learned many important lessons that I still use today some thirty years later. Whether its on the back of an envelope or fine linen stationery it is the results that count.
I’m still the proud owner of the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom Camera. It has more buttons dials and menus than a space shuttle. It’s not a Leica, Nikon D800, or Canon 5DIII or even the stealthy Fuji X100; just the same I’m embracing my limitations.
We are lead to believe that it’s all in the gear when it’s all in your head or eye or heart… The Camera is a way of working not the creator of the image…
During my travels down the cyber halls, I’ve occasioned to see the brilliant, the sad, and the successful. I’m at complete loss to explain the latter except for some version of dogged persistence. Some are clearly expressions of quality in everything they produce and others somewhat mundane and predictable but none the less successful.
There is some explanation for this but those who’s feet are solidly on terra firma would not quickly ascribe any sort of spiritual component or notion of destiny.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled quest.
Why are we here; A question often asked by children but in time we stop asking and lapse into assumptions and unknowing.
We live in the tension between heaven and earth. Some put everything in the here and now, thinking there is nothing more to gain. Others put it all in the sweet bye and bye assuming all gain is on the other side.
The truth is, some things you have now and others are gained in the hereafter. The right thing to do is put the emphasis where God puts it.
This is one of those Novelty items that inspire us to dream of different ways to do things. The Minox camera was the dream of every armchair spy that owned a Library Card by the post WWII days. This offering from PhotoJoJo keeps that dream alive.
With all the loops, ramps and exchanges on the internet it’s easy to get lost on facebook exit or twitter interchange. It takes more effort but it may be more beneficial to take the “surface” streets. Mass transit is great if you happen to be going that way.
Passionately defending your views won’t lead to the truth, necessarily. What if you are wrong? The fallacy in all of the muckraking currently going on is that it only establishes closely held views. To go beyond what is comfortable and embrace something better might mean that the opposition has the answer. [ Of course we always think we’re the ones with the solution.
For the sake of argument; if the opposition does have the answer then we must deal with the issue of humility. As humans, we get angry, we gloat and we really don’t change much. The true pioneer and reformer may never know his or her accomplishment but it will be left for future generations to discover.