Monday, October 16, 2017

The Barrenness of a Busy Life



"Beware the barrenness of a busy life."
Socrates

I took some pictures this weekend.  I bounce back and forth between the camera I like to use, which one I love most.  I shot with the Leica M262 this weekend.  I have scarcely used it since I bought it.  But I love it.  It is a pip.  It is just more difficult to use than any of the autofocus cameras.  The little Fuji X100f is just so easy.  But the images that come from the Leica are different.  I know I sound like one of those ads.  But, yup, there is truth to it, about that and about the "Leica Experience."  It is not a practical camera, but it sure is something.  When you get the image right, it can't be beat.  

I saw the quote by Socrates on a YouTube photography video.  That is it.  Exactly.  Some people need to keep busy.  Busy-ness is my curse.  It keeps me from everything important.  It leaves me empty and dissatisfied.  

One could end up like Donald Trump.  

If I had an endless stream of endless days. . . .  

This weekend was a lazy one.  But I found out an open secret that will get me to NYC a whole bunch this year.  I will become a weekend NYC photographer.  And that secret leads me to others.  With a little support, perhaps this will be a big year for me and my cameras.  

It is scary, of course, to think of confronting myself this way.  But not to would be a crime.  

The man on the ball.  The picture just screams "fall time" to me.  The light is changing here, now, the sunlight sharper, the shadows deeper.  It is about to be photo time in the southern states again, the flat, tinny light peeling away.  I am ready, I think.  I am ready for the darkness and the light.  


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