On Seeing (And Being)
A few thoughts from FlakPhoto HQ
I guess the summer’s over?
It's hard to believe it will be September in a few hours. This summer has flown by, and it’s been good for me. I hope yours has been good too. I saw this cartoon in The New Yorker’s Daily Cartoon blog today and couldn’t resist sharing it with you. Funny, right? It’s a genius little cartoon, and it made me smile. If you like this one, you’ll enjoy Anjali Chandrashekar’s work. She’s great. Please spend a few minutes on her website and follow her Instagram. You’ll be glad you did.
I woke up today thinking about pictures, and Anjali’s cartoon resonated because it pokes fun at the experiential way we use photography. Why photograph the moon? Because it’s there! Because we’re here, our moon pictures are part of how we make sense of what it means to live on this giant, weird planet of ours.
Here’s something I keep realizing: Photography is good for you! It's a practice. A way of life. It can be art, sure, and creative expression, too. But more than that, it's a way to see the world and connect with our experience of being here. If we can engage with it that way, it can change our lives. I must be in a state of middle-aged reflection because this is where my mind has been for weeks. Mainly, what matters? And how can I be better at being me? I have a few answers, but I’m still working on it.
While writing this post, I remembered this video of photographer Alec Soth that Minnesota Public Television produced a few years ago. Alec talks about artmaking and the balance we need to strike between inputs and outcomes. It’s good and helped clarify a few things for me. I think you’ll like it.
One more thing…turns one next week! Last year, I launched this thing as an experiment to get myself back into blogging and to wean myself off so much social media. I'm still on social as much as ever, but I've had fun writing for you, and I hope you've enjoyed reading my posts over the past twelve months. I plan to make this newsletter my base of operations. The FlakPhoto project started when I launched a blog all those years ago. Social media devoured that habit, and I got burned out. Then I started writing here, and things got better.
Oddly, what began as a newsletter is becoming increasingly bloggy. So I’m making it official: moving forward, you can find me at flakphoto.news.
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