I've noticed my use of musical terms flowing through and over to my photography self. More so lately, she said with a puzzled voice. Without much art know-how, yet wanting to find my visual art niche, I'm leaning on terms from music to help guide me, and to express myself regarding photography. That's pretty sweet....suite. No, just kidding.
The other day I received a comment from my blogger buddy Ms. Becky. (Do yourself a favor and slip over to her wonderful and thoughtful blog-but come back.) She said that I immerse myself and stay focused when learning things and I "keep a rhythm going." How's that? Someone else using musical terms for me too....and giving me great compliments, aw shucks....thanks Becky. You're a sweetie. Isn't that cool, getting the words focused and rhythm in the same sentence? It seems pretty cool to me.
What am I supposed to be writing about? Oh yes, finding the jazz.
Our latest challenge (I know they're called assignments, but I've been watching Project Runway where "Designers...for your next challenge") was to consider what part of the photography process is most inspiring to us....soup to nuts....what do you like? taking them, editing, posting, comments....what hits your passion? What is your jazz?
If I were answering this question 6-9 months ago, I'd say my favorite part is "the chase". I literally was zipping and zooming from place to place looking for an exciting shot and well, when I found it-it was a rush. It was my jazz.
Not to say that this doesn't happen anymore, I'm just intentionally slowing down. Inside my head I'm asking myself "what am I missing here?" Sometimes it's nothing and it is time to move along, but other times by slowing down-I'm finding shots I would have missed last fall in my rush to go on to the next best thing. That chase does offer such exhilaration though....jus' sayin'.
I still think that seeing a subject and getting a charge from it and it's possibilities is my photographic jazz. I normally don't go out looking for something in particular but am more apt to let something draw me in while I'm out casting my eyes from side to side. When I find it, it is improvisation-made up on the spot. I think that's why I struggle with still life or setting things up inside my home. I like to be out and about, and become excited....I'm just more grown up about it now.
Headlights at Dusk
Also going to fess up that going home and reviewing said photos after "the hunt" that's pretty fun as well. I don't mind editing, it just takes me so damn long. I've got to get some mad skills in that department to "make it work". Getting my pics posted up and collecting some nice props ain't too shabby either.
On another note, for months now I've been thinking of re-naming my blog. While I was transitioning away from music my ironic title seemed a match, but I'm growing beyond that. Maybe I can incorporate "jazz" into a visual concept title that is better suited to where I am. Do you think my followers would find me?
Thanks for stopping by. Having a visit is always appreciated. And thanks to Kat for offering such great "challenges"....I think I'm safe-"Susan, you may leave the runway".