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    I'm quirky and I sometimes talk too much (okay, more than sometimes). Photoshop ninja. I'm not passionate about photography, I'm obsessed with it.
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Her Own Personal Jesus

Hi, bon jour, hello, guten tag, how’re ya, bouno journo, I’m Jesus.  Jesus Basuel, Laura’s photography assistant.  

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Laura has asked me to contribute this week’s blog post so here goes…

Laura and I met on her father’s Indie Feature film this past year, hit it off and now I’m helping her on her Photography Company.   It’s been a pleasure — so far! LOL.  But as Laura and I’ve gotten to be good friends, I anticipate many fruitful and fun times both on-and-off photo-shoot sets.

I’m reminded of something suddenly, tweaked by something Laura just said (she’s busy at the moment doing the three dozen To-Do’s we trudge through here at the office on a daily basis): “You have to be vulnerable, in your blog and in your photography.”

I couldn’t photograph my father’s death.  My mother, flanked by dozens and dozens of family, had asked me to take some shots of us all, gathered around him on his hospice bed.  She looked to me for strength and…I just could not do it.

I regret that now, I should have taken the opportunity–and it was a very good one, in many respects–but at that moment I had none of the strength everyone else desired from me.

It’s been a wonderfully kaleidoscopic forty-nine years of life on this Earth thus far; been an archeologist, a political advocate, a teacher in one of Oahu’s prisons, and, for the last twenty-odd years or so been a (published) writer (prose & screenplays), film-maker, producer & even some-time stage/film-TV actor in Seattle, WA., Vancouver, BC Canada, & here in Hawaii.

One never truly knows where one is heading–thus when Laura made that comment it struck home: we all have moments of clarity in times of stress, of crises; what Laura said has brought to mind that opportunities, chances, should be taken no matter the situation, both Good and Bad.

So, my first ever blog post for Laura Metzger Photography…mahalo for the quote, sentiment, & something to always keep ever in my heart & head mi hermana

For vulnerability must be prevalent in our art.

 
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From Laura

CAUTION: EARWORM! (title refernce for those of you too young to remember Depeche Mode)

Trying New Things

Beating a path to success requires shaking yourself out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out on a limb. WAY out.

Because out on that limb? Where you get that queasy feeling in your stomach? That is where the magic happens.

In the interest of expanding my horizons and dragging me screaming getting me out of my comfort zone I accepted an invitation to hang some of my photos as art. In an art show. With other artists. Like..REAL artists.

I am hoping beyond hope that I do not get laughed out of the show.

It so happens that the (very apropos) theme of the art show is “Out On A Limb”.

The images I will be using for the show are secret. Shhh:-)

Tina in a Hammock

This is one of the photos from the shoot that didn’t represent my vision but is just a beautiful shot of the absolutely stunning Tina Marie.

Is Progress Bad? Too Many PHOTOGRAPHERS!

Yesterday I watched one of my favorite internet shows, The Grid Live. The episode was titled The State of the Union (to coincide with the POTUS‘s speech.) The topic Scott and Matt chew over is the ever present notion that Photography, as a business, is dying.

A notion who’s roots are based in the reality that there are ginormous amounts of people buying DLSR’s and calling themselves photographers. This floods the market with suppliers diluting the “Professional Pool”.

Add to that every Tomasina, Ricki and Harriet have camera cell phones, point & shoots, Instagram accounts–and all of a sudden, who needs a pro?!

Demand is dwindling!!! Nay! Disappearing!!!!!! *GASP*

My take on market saturation & Why Its Bad:

There are way more people in this world than there used to be, many vying for the same jobs. It’s just the reality of our time. Over population.

Why It’s Good:

There is a story about one of FDR’s speechwriters. This young writer pens his first speech and turns it in to the President. Later he comes back and the president says “Go back and redo it, I know you can do better”. He takes it back, pours over it and rewrites it and turns it back in. Same thing. “You can do better!” This happens three more times until finally the young speech writer says “That is absolutely the best I can do sir!” to which FDR replies, “Okay. Then I will read it”.

Okay, the end has nothing to do with anything but it’s funny. BUT! The idea is we are capable of amazing things when a person or people push us out of our Comfort Zone into our Discomfort Zone. That’s where the magic happens.

What if a car company said when the others came up with some crazy, new fangled invention “The other guys came up with some awesome new idea and we can’t think of anything better than that and they will get all the sales and we are going to go out of business so we should just give up now.” (Sound familiar?)

What do they do smart ones do? Create a team! Surround themselves with great people who come up with something better or a twist on that good idea. Yes, there are the car companies that are just going to copycat but my point is that they DON’T GIVE UP! Sure at first they might sit in the corner and may lick their wounds for a little bit. We all do that. But they pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get to work being creative.

Life (read as: other humans) has taught us not to dream as big. Like the elephant at the circus who was trained that it can only go to the end of a very, strong chain. After a while the chain can be replaced by a thin rope. The elephant believes it can only go so far.

Progress forces you to rethink your beliefs about your abilities. It’s like a stampede of cowboys running up behind that elephant and yelling “HIYA!! HIYA!!” until the poor things moves beyond it’s perceptual cage, scared out of it’s wits.

One only can hope that once it’s been free long enough it realizes “HEY!! I’M FREE!!!”

I could go on, but my take? Progress makes us evolve. It’s helps us reach heights far beyond our wildest imagination of what we are capable of.

And when all else fails and I see the flood plains in front of me brimming with thousands of fabulous photographers, I remind myself that they are doing what they love and I should only worry about what I’m doing. And then I go back to improving myself (i.e. checking Facebook).