With a Bang!

This edition is short. Really, I just want to wish everyone all the best for the New Year of 2016. The image above is a clickable link that leads to a small gallery called The Creative Gift - it contains four free, downloadable photographs from the CLOUD series; I like using them for the desktop on my Mac. T he gallery is open until January 8th, i f you are prompted to supply a password it's 'gift'.....share away. 

For those of you who have a few minutes to read on, enjoy.

Number ten - story? what story?
The last newsletter listed nine ways to help people photograph through the winter. I'd like to add number ten.

10.  Have fun making lots of mistakes photographing something you're 'not very good at'. Pursue your subject with a sense of pure curiosity, joy or love.

Here's why! I found this story in a book called 'The Rise' by Sarah Lewis. It's a brilliant book in which, among other things, Lewis talks about interviewing  2010 Nobel Prize winners   Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, unlikely winners of the award in Physics for discovering the first two dimensional object on Earth. 

In her book Lewis explains that "the two acclaimed scientists have acquired the non-expert's advantage (on there award winning research) through what Geim calls 'Friday Night Experiments'. On these occasions their lab works on 'crazy things that probably won't pan out'......the physicists have become known for the unlikely breakthroughs that have come from these trials." 

Lewis goes on to say that for these men the "Friday Night Experiments are a way to live out the wisdom of the deliberate amateur...... This agility takes an inordinate amount of courage, Geim said. Playfulness lets us withstand enormous uncertainty."

In other words, becoming an expert can stop us from seeing new, exciting 'solutions' or taking risks. This is important, considering that compelling works of art (such as a good photograph) are solutions....really. Most of my best work is a result of 'playing around'.

So, try number ten; photograph something useless and ridiculous that you are really drawn to...have fun making lots of 'mistakes'. but remember what jazz artist extraordinaire Miles Davis said; 'there are no mistakes.'

A Big Favour

I'm putting together a workshop schedule and deciding what to offer can't be done in a vacuum. So I'll be sending out a survey in the next while with the intention of finding out what, if anything, it is readers would like in the way of workshops or other gatherings. I'm asking in advance for your patience, participation and help. 

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