Friday, 22 February 2013

Called to Come in to Interview

Called to come in to interview today, for a job which We hadn’t applied & were convinced We couldn’t complete...

& this is Exploration Week gosh darn it,
so of course We’d rather rummage the woods with this worldly rambler.
Yes, new experiences sometimes scare us...


...but can often leave with us with a fresh new perspective.

He, was a commercial photographer responsible for creating internal city currencies based on a trade and agreement, an environmentalist and maker of eco-sustainable art supplies, and most importantly, a part time beau to GF (& retired model), Chloe. With his time to spare and a small wheelie suitcase of his life’s possessions on hand, He sat and shared a tip or two on how to live out here.*  

1.   Nature is the only environment you have. When you’re out here it’s in charge & you have to know how to work with it.

2.   You have to move around. You have to develop deep relationships. You have to become one.

3.   Use the resources you have. Use the tools you have. Be frugal.

4.   Your surroundings are as good as your perceptions of them.

We emerged from our woodsy world what seemed to be a lifetime later. The street taxis honked and horned at our wheelin' stranger, assuming He needed a lift to the airport.

He:
Everyone thinks I’m a tourist.

We:
But aren’t we all tourists here?

Smiling as if to agree, He hugged us good-bye & offered up an internship with His photo crew, come wintertime.

Called in to interview today & end up with an internship.
Had a chance to make money today but end up volunteering.

Gosh, what are ours Fathers going to think of this?





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*Folks, We’re real sorry. This is lent & We’re told we’re not allowed to lie. The story above is full of fibs and fables. They were really just His tips for taking perfect piccies. Addicted to analogies & metaphors though, We can’t help but read in between the lines. Read our footnotes for His full teachings.


1
  Nature is the only environment you have. When you’re out here it’s in charge & you have to know how to work with it.

In the studio you can manufacture your own environment, create the light, reflect the flash, and add the desired shadow. Out here you’ll get wet, wind will blow and the sun will shine.  In the case of shooting in natural sunlight, use filler flash, but remember flash only works within ten feet of your object, so get close.’

2
You have to move around. You have to develop deep relationships. You have to become one.

The photo becomes an attachment of the photographer. The friend is the friendship. The civilian is the civilization. ’

3

Use the resources you have. Use the tools you have. Be frugal.

 Sure you can buy a Nikon DSLR 8000, but then you get into paying for Nikon lenses. No one is going to convince me that you can’t get a camera with everything you need for under $200 or that the cameras of today are better than the early ones from the seventies. You never need to get the latest and greatest, because the latest and greatest is usually a poor imitation of the original.’

4
Your surroundings are as good as your perceptions of them

See the first photo (up above), what if I were wearing a tribal mask, then the photo would take on a different perspective. I think we often get so use to what we expect to see, that we limit our perspective of what is actually there. Did we need to be on location in the Amazon to take this tribal warrior shot? No. Maybe a little face paint was needed, but that’s it. Use your imagination. Use the resources you were given, use the environment you were given.








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