A New Category Is Born
IN THE COMMENTS SECTION FROM another post, my friend Tom Dinning brought up a very important point to me as I was ranting about shooting crap on days when I was not really in the mood to shoot. He said,
“Don’t assume the photos you take when in a less than content mood or health are of any less value than those taken when you feel good. You’re no longer taking pictures; you’re making photographs. Doing that requires a different mindset that looking for the nice things in life. You can show us a bit of anger and disappointment and frustration from time to time”
Tom’s a pretty wise bloke and a gifted photographer and teacher. If you haven’t taken the time to visit him, you can here. With his thoughts though, a new category is born; one that I am going to call “DRAB”. I may or may not ever post anything in it on my site but it’s fun to have it there to play with.
This year has seen the loss of three people who I knew and cared for. Most recently, a long time friend who was a mentor and quite honestly, a hero, has passed on to the next world. This death hit me kind of hard; harder by far than the other two. When I went to school back in 1992 to become a Military Training Instructor, Rick was my instructor for that course. After I was no longer his student and he my instructor, he became my friend, my example and my “go to”. I can tell you with a great amount of certainty that this world is a lesser place without him.
So the first image in the DRAB category is a reflection of my mood today; bland, dark and grey. It also comes with a message. Stop for a second and see the the light. Hang on to it tightly because right there in the background, there is a huge black cloud doing nothing but hanging around waiting for you to drop your guard.
Embrace life folks….it’s way too short!!