Being In Focus has always been for me as much about the words as it has the images. That’s been nice for me; when the image is a bit weak the words might be enough to salvage the post and vice versa. The writing is made up largely of my thoughts on life, fatherhood and photography presented very much in the style of narratives from The Wonder Years. I can’t help it; I’m a sentimental old fool and The Wonder Years was pure greatness. As far as the images go, well, I like shooting a variety of things including, landscapes, seascapes, shots of kids and portraits. That’s when everything is going well. I don’t know whether it’s the stresses of life but both the pictures and writing have been hard to come by lately. As I sat down to begin writing this post last night I realized to my horror that I had nothing to say…nothing. I changed the image in the hopes that I’d have something to say about a different shot. Nope, I had nothing.
I finally settled on this shot, perhaps the most abstract I’ve ever posted. It’s perplexing given my photographic history but I really love abstract photography. Here’s the problem, my recent writing block pales in comparison to my difficulties capturing decent abstracts. I’ve been trying for ages but have found only middling success so I pretty much revert to areas much more comfortable to me. Last week I took this shot and for the first time felt pretty good about a fairly pure abstract shot. Last night after struggling for some time to create a post, I poured myself a wee dram of scotch, took a deep breath, chose this shot and promptly fell asleep. A few hours later and it’s morning. I’ve employed the oldest trick in the book to overcome writer’s block; I’ve written about writers block. And the photographer’s block, well, we’ll see if this shot helps me dog-paddle my way out of the doldrums. One thing is certain. You guys and some good scotch are much cheaper and a good deal more enjoyable than a psychiatrist.
I’m way behind on visiting my favorite photoblogs so bear with me–can’t wait to see what you all have posted recently. Posts on Being In Focus will be a little less frequent in the coming weeks. I’ll be taking a short, and if this post is any indication, much needed break.