My last post, regarding Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 movement #2, foreshadows a change of season for my blogging career…LOL. I believe that piece says all I want to say about Contemplating the Human Direction. I just wish I could tell the entire human race to just STOP, LISTEN, for just nine minutes, and reflect on this beautiful piece of music. Perhaps then play Beethoven’s 9th second movement to give them an idea of what we could become. Oh well, I will continue on with this blog for quite some time with additional rants until I feel I have exhausted the topic.
Once this blog has run its course, I plan to start a new blog that will be centered around photography with some short poems. There was a high point in my life when I was free with no responsibility in which I decided I would become a photographer. Unfortunately, I caved in to a generous offer to receive paid for higher education in business and with that decision came responsibility and turmoil. One good thing did come out of the last decade which is my son. But one cannot live solely for another. Out of respect for love, one must become their own person and push on.
I really love photography and short poems. Photography works the eyes and poems work the mind and heart. Photography is however, an inferior art form to painting or sculpture because you are using a mechanical device. But I do like where photography takes me. It inspires me to roam the earth to seek out beauty, which seems to becoming harder and harder to find. Over a decade ago, when I was contemplating photography or business, I became a little discouraged with the idea of making a career out of photography. Several administrators at various photography schools asked me what I wanted to make my primary focus. I said landscapes and skyscapes. They said you can’t make a career out of that and offered other venues like taking pictures of products or weddings or portraits or fashion. It was at this point where I said the hell with it. I will not corrupt photography for money.
So, I went the business route but didn’t give up on photography. I purchased an Arca Swiss 4×5 camera and heavy tripod and went up to the mountains and to the ocean for photographic endeavors in my free time. I have taken and developed several beautiful black and white landscapes. But I have had a long pause due to turmoil on various fronts but plan to return to something I really enjoy once I get back on my knees…and then my feet. This blogging concept gives me a medium to share that future work without the expectations of money and career. The photos above were taken with a crappy cell phone lacking the benefit of proper lenses, film, filters and tripod, but they still obtain some pleasure to my eye. I look forward to sharing with you better quality and subjects in the hopefully not too distant future on a new blog. The new blog will be my transition from hoping mankind can turn the corner to simply living my life and seeking beauty.