October 8th, 2017 … Measure Yourself Against The World … Thoughts On My 68th B’Day

There comes a time when we need to sit and look at our work and try to see where we were, were we are and where we think we are heading. I figured this time, at my 68th birthday was a good time for personal re-evaluation. See, we ALL need to do this because we need to check our stuff so the map of our life going forward has some light on it.

We spend time looking at other shooters photos. A good thing to a degree. We spend time reading books and even studying the masters and famous photographer’s. We watch movies about these people and movies about exhibitions. We go to galleries and museums and get close to original images we admire.

So this is an ongoing romance with everyone and everything but ourselves. We feel inspired by all the works we see and feel from everyone….. wait a second here, I ain’t no coward and I ain’t no dummy. What I mean is, after a time of indulgence in others and their work, is it possible that we do that so we avoid confronting our own work?

See, it’s easy to avoid the truth of one’s self. Oh, it’s easy to lie to yourself but to confront and accept the truth, no way. It’s ok as we all have these issues. Well, I see it this way. Ya know how when ya go and buy a new shirt, that you really like? Then ya wear it and don’t get many nice remarks and ya feel your feelings are hurt? (this does not apply to woman. See, if a woman gets a blouse and even if it’s the blouse from hell, when her man or her woman sees it, it’s gotta be the most beautiful blouse in recorded history. If not, Hell hath no fury…. ya know the rest)

Well, some of the photos you make and not all by any means, are your feelings and thoughts and vision. Others see them and decide for themselves the value of them and how they individually relate to your work and you. This is a very delicate situation. It’s a delicate way because, the viewer may or may not want to comment. If they do, will they post the true feelings and be honest ot just post what they think you want or need to hear.

So we need to be honest with ourselves. This is very hard to do and although it must be done on a regular basis, we probably will find it easier to avoid this. I do for sure. Man, I’ll go out with my camera and shoot and make photos and just be in a state that satisfies me on levels not much else comes close to. Then when I start to process some will come to life and I fall in deeper love. I realize that I am trying to use the photo as a catalyst for my thoughts and emotions.

The hardest part is to abandon the ego. To just accept yourself as a human with a camera and to love what that means. It ain’t about how others see and think of you. It ain’t about how anyone sees and thinks about your work. It’s about truth. The truth that you are your life and your work. To stand strong and be accountable for what and why you do photography.

This approach does not negate the responsibility that we all must assume and utilize for others. It’s just that being in the moment is one thing. I am certainly an advocate for the Eye, Heart and Mind.

When you see the above photos, your seeing me. I stand for them and they stand for me. I feel them and they give me reason to continue.  Some will think that there’s little value to these photos or in fact any I ever made or will make. That’ a fine response. We all hae opinions and I respect all.

At 68 today, these photos are me standing nude in front of you minus my pecker and that ain’t no big deal anymore….

Be blessed my friends…………………

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12 comments

  • Ian Miller October 8, 2017   Reply →

    Happy Birthday. I hope you make more shots like those for a long time yet.

    • streetshooter October 8, 2017   Reply →

      Thanks very much Ian, much appreciated.

  • Frances Schwabenland October 8, 2017   Reply →

    Happy Birthday…so nice that we both share the same day and the same love for photography!

    • streetshooter October 8, 2017   Reply →

      WOW! Happy Birthday and may all your photos be right on.
      Be blessed….don

  • Brian Mosley October 9, 2017   Reply →

    You’re certainly improving with age, Don – I love your photography, and your writing… being self honest is the hardest thing and you’re setting a brave example. Many happy returns.

    • streetshooter October 9, 2017   Reply →

      Thanks Brian. The hardest thing to do is accept and care about who you see in the mirror. That’s why I always have someone next to me.
      I hope all all is well and you have peace.
      don

  • joe rizzuto October 9, 2017   Reply →

    we share a birthday…only i just turned 67…best…

    • streetshooter October 9, 2017   Reply →

      hey Joe, who’s counting
      Nice to see you on the planet. Be blessed

  • Happy B, Don ! The last sentences that conclude this blog are certainly the most powerful I’ve ever read on photography Don. Full of sincerity, humility and wisdom. Thanks for that. I might quote you in a blog if you don’t mind.
    Be blessed as well Don

    • streetshooter October 10, 2017   Reply →

      Jean,
      Thanks a lot. That’s a very profound comment. The last 2 lines, yeah…. I thought the pecker things would do it…..smiles

      • Ah ah ! I wasn’t really speaking of that pecker thing 😉 This sentence made me laugh !

        • streetshooter October 11, 2017   Reply →

          Thanks Jean, not that there’s anything wrong with that….

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