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Changes


Seasons. Changes.

With the change of the seasons come other changes. Life changes.

Uh oh.

What am I changing?

My changes aren’t so much about life as much as they are about my work. My career. Storyteller. I’m telling you my plans now because I really am unsettled when somebody that I follow, and converse with a little, just disappears. That happens all too often.

To be sure, I’m not going to disappear. Storyteller isn’t going anywhere. But, I may post less frequently. It’s a grind posting on a daily basis. I think the pictures and words suffer because of it. I’d rather post more meaningful pictures than a collection of images that could fall under the heading of what the dog saw. I have no real plan to guide me going forward. Yet. I have no real plan to guide you. Yet. Whatever I do, my posting schedule will be consistent.

I may also try to post Storyteller through my website which is finally in development and just about ready to go. The new website will still be Laskowitzpictures.com, but it will be hosted by Squarespace. I have nothing against WordPress. But, you really need to write code to do anything out of the original template. The last time I needed a change, I contacted an agent. He did it for me. We had a nice chat. Whether he meant to or not, he made me realize that I’m too old to learn coding. No. That’s not some self-imposed limitation. It’s the realization that just like anything worth doing, coding takes time and energy and thought to learn it properly.

I’d rather make pictures. I’d rather teach photography. I’d rather travel… to make pictures. You get it.

I already sit for too long at a desk in my digital studio. You get that, too.

So. I’ve been building a new website. No worries. I’ll show it to when it’s almost ready. It comes with a built-in blog. I haven’t explored it fully, but my hope is that I can link it to Storyteller. If not, I’ll start a new blog and tell you all how to find it. I’ve realized that it wouldn’t be too hard. Even though I have some reasonable numbers, I also know that a very small percentage of you actually look at my work on a daily basis. Or, comment on a weekly basis. No worries about that either. That’s just how the numbers work. You are the folks I’ll take with me one way or another.

What does this do for me? Time. It all comes down to time. Time, to actually work on projects. Time to market myself to the clients for whom I really want to work. Time for family things. Time for… well, just more time.

Now that my physical issues seem to be under control, time for a little more exercise. Yes. It’s true. I walk about three miles a day. But, that’s with my dog. You now how dog walks are. Walk. Trot. Smell something. Investigate. Say hello to another dog. Say hello to a human. That’s really not much real exercise for me.

There’s more. But, that’s enough for now.

Once again. Storyteller is not fading to black. It’s transitioning. I’m transitioning.

That said, the picture. This picture is about contrasts. Life and death. Muted and bright. About the natural gap when seasons change.

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17 Comments

  1. Hmm, I USED to look on a daily basis. This little front half of a house still needs paint and the kitchen sink drains into the wall, then the floor, that ain’t right. And about 100 small things still and I’m a month into this project. Soon, I tell myself, soon. About mid-January probably. But I am taking pictures. 😀That flower leaps off the page.

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  2. Big changes in the works I see. totally understand your drive to focus on the work. I will look for your posts. and check out your website. Best wished for the new year!

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  3. Ray, I read your post almost every day. Occasionally I get overloaded with email and may skip a day. It is a tremendous effort on your part and I fully understand the need to have more time. Keep up the good work but give yourself more time, your contributions are greatly appreciated.

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    • Thank you, Doug. I actually need time to make better pictures. Most of the last couple of months worth of pictures are smartphone pictures. Unlike some guys, I don’t think that much of the files.

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  4. On Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 8:50 AM KIOKA JACKSON (Class-2019) wrote:

    > Mr.Kioka Jackson > I love you too much 😘

    > > On Sat, Dec 16, 2017 at 12:06 PM STORYTELLER > wrote: > >> Ray Laskowitz posted: ” With the change of the seasons come other >> changes. Life changes. Uh oh. What am I changing? My changes aren’t so much >> about life as much as they are about my work. My career. Storyteller. I’m >> telling you my plans now because I really am unset” >>

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  5. I once bought a large book on HTML coding, but never finished it because I kept falling asleep by page 5. Don’t do it, Ray. Focus on what you enjoy doing – photography!

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  6. As long as we can still see the pictures and learn from the thought process behind them, the channel (how we get there) is irrelevant. I’m thinking of compiling (for myself only) a list: What I Learned from the Storyteller blog about photography. You have quite a few nuggets in this body of work.

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    • I come from the philosophy that you internalize everything you need and then just make the picture. Sort of like hitting a baseball. After practicing and being coach, when you swing at a pitch you just react without thinking. That said, I’d love to know what you think are nuggets. It might help me. 😂

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      • The nuggets are what you need between the amateur stage and the muscle memory you mention above, with the baseball analogy. To me, a nugget is anything I can repeat to myself as I’m learning that helps me do it better (whatever IT is); a heuristic (love that big word!). This is actually a component of my day job in knowledge management: what can be shared / taught / discussed that helps make tacit knowledge explicit knowledge? What kind of knowledge transfer can happen when one person shares their nuggets or heuristics and another person internalizes them and performs better as a result? You are actually sharing heuristics about photography in your blog quite a bit, and I will send you a list of those I’ve noted. But not tonight – I have a 4:30 a.m. meeting with Europeans. : )

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      • Actually, I think that I say the same thing over and over and over…

        Storyteller was always intended to be a place for me to experiment. To me, the work that pays the bills is kind of boring. I mostly shoot advertising and corporate stuff. I don’t even shoot Musical Miss’ record jackets because that changes the business relationship with the record label.

        That’s the long way of saying I never intended to teach, but that I’m not opposed to it. If I can help somebody that’s great. But, I very rarely get technical enough to do that.

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