Several months ago I submitted a brief piece to Thought Catalog. While the piece will not earn me the Nobel Prize by any stretch of the imagination, it was meant to provide peace and perhaps perspective. The ripping of a relationships is painful no matter the circumstance. However, it can, if allowed, create room for greater growth.
I'm pleased Thought Catalog chose to publish this piece. I hope it comforts those to whom it's immediately relevant.
This past week I had the opportunity to work for Richfield Video Productions in Oklahoma City at the Morgan Grand National Horse Show.
We had a crew of about 20 and created a live webcast, individual recordings for riders in their specified classes, as well as general "scans" (recordings of each class for future use by anyone who might require it).
I acted as a sales representative, isolated recording camera operator, live camera operator, and webcast director. My primary function was as a director. I directed around 10 of the session which lasted from 2 to 5 hours long.
It was a great experience as I learned the best ways to shoot horses and their riders to showcase their skills, give an educated viewer a detailed show, and provide an uneducated viewer with an appealing experience with the opportunity to learn.
This company continues to grow and have more demands from other national horse shows seeking their services. They labeled this week their best show yet. I was honored to help them this past week and hope to do so again in the future.
You can watch the final night's webcast below, as well as more of the week's sessions on Richfield's website (linked to the image above).
This morning I had the chance to photography the lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, I did not have access to the amazing 70-200mm lens. I improvised with my 24-105mm and cropping in Lightroom.
Given the circumstances, I'm happy with the turn out. I think, given a less rushed set up and the longer lens I could improve and experiment even more.
After a conversation regarding the beauty, depth, and texture of eyes with a friend, I was challenged to photograph them. Unfortunately, my current schedule does not allow me to do an in-depth study with specialized equipment.
However, with a flashlight I was able to illuminate the side of the eye (thereby not blinding my subjects) and photograph their eyes with a 100mm macro lens on my Canon 5D MkII.
The result, even just with the light, was spectacular. Every eye is like a fingerprint, or a snowflake. Incredibly unique and stunning.
I hope to have a chance to better perfect this process in the future, but I was thankful for this time to see why so many people want to become Optometrists.
This past week a few Asbury students and the opportunity to road trip to Chicago and spend two days interacting with fellow creatives. STORY Chicago is an annual event that focuses on inspiring and connecting designers, directors, writers, etc. It is a two-day conference with 6-7 speakers per day plus up and coming musicians.
This year, author Jonah Lehrer, tattoo artists David Allen, director Josh Boone, photographer Matt Knisely, Imagineer Christopher Chapman, actor Tony Hale, and many others graced attendees with their insight into the creative process and wisdom for living what you love.
Jonah Lehrer spoke on love: love of the craft, love of people, love of creating.
"Love is the opposite of underwear." He explained that underwear is habitual; we hardly notice it. Many things in life are like this. Spectacular views we see often, etc. We lose the marvel and become desensitized. It is the things that we don't lose interest in that we can say we love.
He stated achievement becomes as exciting as underwear. We, as creatives, are not in it for the fleeting moment of wonder when the thing is complete. We love the incline. Not the view at the top. The tedium of working through something, processing, struggling, making mistakes is where we thrive.
"If you love your work, what keeps you interested is the mistakes." He went on to describe that when you choose a partner in life you are choosing a set of problems that will never be resolved. You are choosing ones you are willing to communicate about and fight over. You will never win. Because winning would mean it ends. But you will also never give up.
He quoted Nietzsche: "He who has a why to live can bear any how." The only meaning that lasts is the hard work. A painting in an art gallery doesn't exist for that end product. It exists for every sketch, every layer, every mistake, every sleepless night. That is what makes it worthwhile.
David Allen was a deep soul. He's a graphic designer turned tattoo artist. His work is phenomenal. He loves it because the art isn't about him; it gets up and walks away at the end of each day. His work is determined by each person, their story, etc. He gets to love on them when they come to him nervous, sad, or rejoicing. He said one time a couple came in and they just wanted a tiny + sign. They'd just had a miscarriage. But the happiest moment of their lives was when they found out they were pregnant. They wanted to immortalize that moment for hope. He also does a lot of tattoos for women with breast cancer who've not had reconstruction surgery as they search for beauty. His passion comes from being a part of people's stories, their timelines on their skin, and giving hope in that.
Tony Hale spoke about how you will never have more worth than you do now. Nothing and no one can add or take away from that. He encouraged us to practice contentment in our identity and space now. Otherwise we will never have it when we reach our goals.
The conference was small and deep. Those putting it on were constantly smiling and available to help. And the shortness of it only increased the power of the experience.
I'm grateful for moments like these where the rest of the world can pause for a moment as I drink in the reasons I love to create and am inspired to make room for more moments of making things that affect other peoples' stories.