With conch season’s arrival comes heavy preparation and longer work days. So this past week was made up of mostly working. The following photos are majorly fishing related- with a few from life outside of work. While there wasn’t anything major that occurred in terms of life events, I did learn a new concept that has helped me overcome some serious mental barriers.
So as you might know at this point, I’ve purchased a new camera. Due to its compactness I’ve had it on me at all moments throughout the day. This has been a huge privilege, but also a massive challenge. It’s become blaringly apparent that I have many rules about what makes a good (or bad) photograph. I often find myself confronting these mentally stored “rules” when pulling out my camera, which leads to feeling discouraged by the less-than-perfect conditions, and thus me putting my camera away without a single shutter click.
At one point during the week I was introduced to the idea that knowledge is not wisdom. Mark Nepo said it best, “if you cannot speak when your mouth is stuffed with food, how can you think clearly when your mind is stuffed with undigested information?” Upon reading this, I immediately thought of how I’d been treating photography.
So I’ve been working on dropping all the “rules” about how to take good photos, and instead to simply just take them. Even taking photos in spite of those thoughts. I’m starting to introduce this idea into other areas of my life too. Being an obsessive researcher/reader, I’ve created quite the mental manual on “how to live.” I constantly structure my days around what I “know” is best for me. But I’m beginning to trade in the knowledge on “how to live” for some unplanned living. And it feels good.
Photography is cool. The lessons you learn from photography are cool. If you’ve read this far, thanks and take it easy.