Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Limits or Freedom?


There are a couple of subjects that keep popping up in blogs and other places that I would like to discuss today. While photography is not usually part of the conversation on these sites, I have been thinking a lot about how these current topics relate to my never ending quest for focus, joy and delight in my work.

"Fear of Missing Out" or "FOMO," has become an epidemic of sorts in this age of social media. We are witness to (if we choose), the adventures, parties, meals and beautiful relationships of all our friends and even people we don't really know. How can I be happy sitting on the couch watching a baseball game with my husband when others are out there "living the life"?

It's easy..........if I stay present and pay attention to what feels good to me, then I can sit and celebrate my choices. But that's a big "if"......I don't usually operate this way.

How is this related to my photography? There have been times when I have been lost in the zone of flower photography only to look outside and notice fantastic lighting or magnificent clouds in the sky. All of sudden I experience "FOMO" and lose my zen-like state. Maybe I should be at the river or the beach.... anywhere but inside where I had been quite content just minutes before!



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Another topic frequenting the blogosphere these days has to with clothes. There are many out there touting the freedom of paring down their wardrobe to a set limit of items in their closets. The benefits of this are evident every morning when it's time to choose outfits for the day. Limiting choices can be very liberating.

I talked about this quite a bit while I was working on my 20/20 project. Knowing where to place my focus (pun intended) every day was extremely satisfying and made my life simple. Unlike these days, when I almost have an anxiety attack every time I open up my Lightroom catalog! So many images.......so little time.



©2014 Dianne Poinski


Earlier this week I picked up some cosmos at our local farmer's market. I took them to my studio, set up my tripod and once again, completely lost track of time. It had been a couple of months since I did anything like this. I forget how deeply "blissed out" I get photographing flowers. (I guess I could reread the many blog posts I have written where I state this very fact!)

As much as I enjoy many aspects of landscape photography, I know it doesn't fill me up the same way that shooting flowers, simple blossoms, branches or even river grasses does. The other part of this equation is, I also have more fun sitting at my computer working on these types of images than I do processing grand, more traditional landscape photographs.



©2014 Dianne Poinski


So............why do I fill my memory cards with photographs that I don't really want? Because I experience "FOMO", and to be very honest, it's usually about the "fear of missing out"...... of a print sale. I have this belief that people prefer landscapes to florals....to which I answer back (in my head) "so what!!". I have no proof* that this is true and even if I did, I want to become evolved enough to not care.

How it would feel to let that fear go? 

I may have had this same argument with myself on another post (or three or four). If so, I apologize, but I have decided to try an experiment. With today being the first day of the last quarter of the year, I am going to see how it feels to limit my subject matter for the next three months. Florals and I guess you could call them "intimate landscapes" (the branches, leaves, grasses, etc....) will be all I work on until New Year's eve.

So stay tuned. You can be sure I will be sharing my experiences with this experiment. 

*I did a little "Googling" and discovered a website that shows the Ansel Adams images "Rose and Driftwood" and "Dogwood, Blossoms" right up there in popularity with his famous "Half Dome" images! 



4 comments:

  1. Well this is a wonderful thoughtful post Dianne, much of what I have felt from time and again. I do look at it as a process for me in learning, as I am not in the business of selling my photography. I also love flowers and that will always be my first love but I also love so many other aspects of photography. I am not very good at landscapes but do love a good one, but somehow flowers are just so much easier for me. I have been trying still life's more and food photography which I also liking so it is learning I keep saying. I really hear what you are saying and agree, social media is good for connecting but it really can mess with your head or at least mine. Trying to keep a balance is always a struggle for me. Love your post and your flowers oh my they speak so much of you with delight.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! It is so important to experiment and try different subjects. Pretty soon though, you know what makes your heart sing and it's a good guide post! Thanks again for commenting! I so appreciate it!

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  2. Dianne--thank you for this post. I struggle with this issue daily and am coming down on the side of working with the subject matter that feels good/right to me in the moment--not what I perceive others might value more. If we work with the subject matter that allows time to flow, unobserved; that is where our voice will emerge in the most clear and powerful way.

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    1. Thank you Hannah! Well said! The "flow" is so important and such a good indicator of where we should be placing our attention! Thanks again!

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