Persistence Pays

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-close to what I had in mind when I set off from home to capture it.  I wanted to depict a scene that portrayed contrasts and misperception.  I needed a strong foreground that represented 'perceived' permeance and strength by virtue of its solid substance.  However, in contrast, I also needed a middle ground (waves) and background (windswept clouds) that portrayed fluidity and a lack of substance; suggesting weakness and impotence.  The image in it's entirety should suggest a war of wills - you might say - between the elements of nature: the immutability of rocks and the fleeting nature of wind and waves.  However, as we know, it's all an illusion as, overtime, the rocks will eventually succumb to the constant onslaught of tidal attack and shall crumble to grains of sand. 


The message I'm attempting to portray in this image is, 'persistence'. Persistence eventually pays off: remain persistent in striving for your photographic goals but also remain open to changing your approach in reaching the goal.  Doing so will ensure you continue to enjoy the journey and arrive refreshed and nonplussed by the challenges encountered along the way.  The vagaries of life are incessant and when you launch a plan into flight; the plan will, most-likely, be buffeted and knocked by unforeseen turbulences and pressures - but be persistent in focusing on your goal; yet, remain flexible and open to change in your approach to reaching the goal. 


Did you know that, even with today's sophisticated navigation systems (and, possibly, because of such), a typical long-haul flight is  off-course approximately 20,000 times before it arrives at its destination?  Subject to the forces in flight, the aircraft (for safety, efficiency, expediency) will rarely fly the planned path but will change and correct it's flight-path to arrive at it's goal in an optimum fashion subject to the unexpected pressures it encounters along the route. 


I appreciate this commentary may appear contradictory in nature but nature has shown that those things which are supple and flexible may appear weaker but in actuality have an innate endurance and strength which when paired with persistence forms a formidable force to be reckoned with. 


I'm still working my photography plans - even five years after their launch date - but, I'm enjoying the flight (turbulence and all) and I have absolute faith that one day I will arrive.


I bid you 'Bon Voyage!' and wish you every success with your own photographic goals and ambitions.


"The scene changes but the aspirations of men of good will persist."

~ Vannevar Bush

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