Posted on 3 Jan ’12 by Earl
My previous post regarding a goal of more consistency in photography this year and the resulting insightful comments (thank you all) has contributed to additional thoughts on this general subject.
How often have you set goals or resolutions for yourself , then begin working to make them happen when suddenly things don’t go as you’d planned — a major circumstance in your life changes which makes the old goal no longer a priority, you underestimate the time and resources it’s going to take and there’s just not enough hours in the day, or you lose momentum and fall behind and soon you can’t find the motivation to continue. Some of these are internal and within your control but some may be external where you have no control. Even positive events in life can cause a reconsideration of plans, priorities and goals. I wish I had a dollar for every goal or resolution of mine that went off track. Life has a way of throwing you curves (“life is like a box of chocolates” ~ Forrest Gump – 1994) or perhaps it’s simply things are forever changing and therefore unpredictable, inconsistent.
We can view these “curves” as obstructions to progress or as unplanned opportunities and the only thing I often find determining my choice of those two viewpoints is my own expectations.
“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.” ~ Albert Einstein
I’ll be the first to admit I struggle with change, just ask my wife, but I don’t doubt the importance of being able to do so effectively. Is there a conflict between change and consistency? In my mind, no. I believe you can be consistent on many levels with change still being a part of your life or your photography — being consistent while embracing change.
In driving a sports car, I seek out highways with curves because they’re exciting, each unique and they grab my attention to let me experience the moment — yet there are driving rules to be practiced consistently insuring a balance of both exciting and safe. I’d like to approach life and in turn photography that same way this year.
In the photo above, I couldn’t pass up the curves of one of the drainage canals running through the lower sections of the Salisbury National Cemetery. A bonus was the reflections of sky and tree found in the water under the shade just before the small bridge. These canal curves, as well as the curved paths and roadways, are in contrast but in many ways complimentary to the ridged design and straight placement of the graves and headstones.