“I should rather like to tear these last pages out of the book. Shall I? No - a journal ought not to cheat.”  

~ Dodie Smith

The below posts document my adventures in Landscape Photography and on matters closer to the soul and mindful living.  I've spent many years pursuing excellence in the art of photography and mindful living.  I've read many books on both subjects and I have found common threads in both art forms that have taught me significant lessons - there are life lessons in photography and photography lessons in life.  Within this journal I'll  write about the insights & lessons I have learned.  

 

We should strive to excel in all our undertakings in life if we are to experience personal growth and make life worth living, both for ourselves and others.   I sincerely hope you enjoy this journal and derive some personal benefit and growth from them.

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March 21, 2018

To this point in my photographic journey, I've focused solely on Landscape photography: and what a trip it's been, so far!  But, another aspect of photography has recently caught my interest: portraiture.

I can't say exactly when and why this has happened, but, lately I've become fascinated with people's characters and how their character is reflected in their demeanour, facial expressions and  - especially - their eyes. 

"The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes with...

November 1, 2017

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

~ Ernest Hemingway

There's a very popular business management book by the late Stephen Covey called, 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People'.  I'd certainly recommend this book to all individuals interested in developing a sense of personal responsibility and growth as a mature person.   Habit number five of the Seven Habits described in the book is, 'Seek first to understand,...

October 30, 2017

This is my journal.  Admittedly, it's not a private journal, but it is mine, nonetheless, and therefore I, respectfully, decide what to write in it.  That's because I write on the topics I personally need to keep to the forefront of my mind as a photographer in search of the deeper meaning of the motivations and inspirations behind every image I create. 

I share my journal publicly with a thin veneer of hope that someone else reading it's content will derive some small be...

October 28, 2017

All too often we're told to, 'know your strengths; but develop your weaknesses'.  Whilst I appreciate that we should develop our 'weaker' attributes, it's also important for personal and artistic growth that we know our strengths and keep them honed through frequent use.  So many of us wander sub-consciously through our day-to-day lives (and photography) not really giving any conscious thought to what strengths we possess and how we can bring them to bear on our personal development and growth a...

October 24, 2017

 "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." 

Albert Camus

We photographers are a strange bunch!  We carry the summer months within us.  Unlike the majority of normal human beings, we love the winter months.  Sunsets & sunrises (usually the best time for dramatic, soft light) occur at sociable hours - no need to struggle out of bed at 'silly-o-clock' in the morning.  For my own location (Northern Ireland: 54 degrees north), in winter, sunrise can occur a...

October 23, 2017

Lock-On / Lock-Out (LO/LO)

I'm not a psychologist, but I am aware of a principle in cognitive psychology which has helped me in my photography.   (I've studied and read the work of the late Lou Tice and can recommend an easy read book by him: 'A Better World, A Better You'.)

Very often when I head out to a particular location to take photographs I have a preconceived idea of what type of photograph and scene I want to capture on that day.  This is good, because it means I have an objective fo...

May 3, 2017

"The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character."

~ Albert Schweitzer

When I venture out with my camera to create a new image I very often have the final image clearly defined within my minds-eye even before I create it. 

For example, this image (taken along the Blackhead Path) is pretty...

April 30, 2017

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." 

~ Dorothea Lange

As photographers we should never take for granted the privilege bestowed on us to capture a moment in time and to preserve it for posterity.  The instant the shutter is pressed the scene is captured and that moment (a moment that is but one moment out of the myriad of moments that make up your life) is captured for all-time.  If you preserve the source file, that instant in time will be in existence...

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