The Calling


Colorful mess.

A unique approach.

After two days of clouds, I’m pretty sure that you are getting a little bored. So, I went the other way. I published something that is art for its own sake.

Sometimes you just have to do something for fun. Especially now, when 2020 seems like the devil’s spawn. I don’t think anybody has seen a year like this one. If only we’d paid more attention early on, when our top leaders ignored the whole thing.

My rule of when things go south everything goes south seems to be in effect. Little things, big things, plans, all seem to go awry. My photographic brothers and sisters have no work. Those of them who managed to get federal monetary support are watching that program come to an end today. They face bankruptcy, the possible loss of their homes and businesses.

There is a call via Facebook to do something, anything, to replace their losses in New Orleans. Unfortunately, many of those posting do have not viable idea worth discussing. They want to vent, and that’s good. They want to blame the mayor or the governor and that’s bad.

They don’t seem to want to address the primary core issue. Stopping the virus, or at least mitigating it, is essential to reopening the city, state and country. That may mean shutting everything — And, I do mean everything — down for about a month. Call it a vacation. Ask the feds to make us whole. That’ll cost a lot of money. But, it will cost more money and lives, to continue the way that we are going.

Even though the Facebook group didn’t come to any conclusions, I sent an email to the governor saying just about what I wrote above. We’ll see if I even receive a response.

Human Cost

Forget for a minute, the possible financial cost which is really what I just wrote about. Assume that everybody keeps their homes and businesses and ask yourself this. How are we dealing with it? Physically? Emotionally? Spiritually?

You’ve heard me go on. I’m sad. I’ve lost a lot of hope. But, I still keep walking dogs. One a bad day we get in about a mile. On a good day, which is most of them, we get about three miles in. We are out in the fresh, but humid, air and our Vitamin D intake is through the roof.

How about the rest of you? How are you feeling? If you are emotionally depressed, that’s fine. Just remember that was once emotional becomes physical. That’s much harder to cure. Spiritually, how are your prayers? Are you losing your faith? I’m not talking about a formal religion. I lost that many years ago. I’m talking about something much more primal than that.

While the photography group wasn’t coming to anything that even approached by a conclusion, we were all talking. That’s important. We talk to each other around here. Who are you talking to? Your dog counts. I feel better talking to Sophie Rose.

The Picture

I get it. You are tired of me rambling on.

So.

I made a couple of pictures on our walks that I didn’t think were all that great. Most of my work these days isn’t all that great. These were below even that standard. I worked on them separately. I thought about layering them. I did that. And, the original version looked pretty good. But, you know me. More. More. More.

I used an app that made the images look older. I used a grunge app. That’s what caused all that fracturing and the hole that looks like a bullet made it. I fine tuned it, adding a glowing layer and I was done. The image was done as well. In more ways than one.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Enjoy the best version of yourself.

5 Comments

  1. Cool photo art! The virus hasn’t affected us (my teen daughter and I) very much at all—we were embarrassingly-extreme homebodies before this. I still enjoy nature, local nature photography, writing, reading, and yard play and walks with the pup. Toss in making new genuine people/artist/writer connections online, continuing growing my faith and personal healing/growing journey…I feel as filled and non-lost as I can get, it seems (yet I know there’s even MORE to come). I LOVE your closing: Enjoy the best version of yourself. 💕 I was married to a verbally-abusive alcoholic for decades: I am currently beginning my third year of a new life. That’s the short story. I’ve never even noticed myself before, let alone made myself the center of healthy attention. My emotional finally became physical: it was what finally woke me up and demanded action for change. I’m as well as I’ll ever be now, though, I think. As of today, I am returning the brick-and-mortar classroom soon, but everything with that changes daily. I am very passionate about the blessing of my career, though, regardless. I am very grateful to still have steady income. (I’m still waiting on that initial stimulus check, though.) Smile, Ray! Find the little reasons to, especially in the toughest times: to muster a life is priceless! ❤️

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    1. Wow. Thank you for sharing all of that. So a few things about me. My entire career has been about pictures, with the first 16 years or so spent in photojournalism. I started at little papers in Virginia and worked up from there. I was married for the first ten years of my career. She was a reporter. We spent our years chasing around the country improving our jobs. We eventually worked at the same newspaper. Our friends joked that now we were in the same place we’d fall apart. They were right. We’d grown too independent. I changed directions and eventually worked for a division of Eastman Kodak who sent me to Hong Kong where I lived for six years. Personally… ironically you talked about your ex who is an alcoholic. I am too, but I’ve been continously sober for 28 years. I did it by giving up control which is why I said control is over rated. My problem now is that I’ve lost two revenue streams. They will return eventually, but my world and maybe yours, has changed forever. It happened to quickly and I’m having trouble dealing with some the issues I have to sort out with a smile. I have two careers these days and this is the other one. We’ll get to that one of these days. 🙂

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      1. Congratulations on your sobriety, Ray! That makes me so happy to hear, and I respect you immensely for that achievement. Hang in there; I’ve been in utter financial despair most of my life but have always managed to stay afloat. I only smiled publicly through all of that, so I guess I’ll cut you some smile slack. I do wish you’d find and hang onto and nourish any seeds of hope and positivity you can. They’re there; they always are. Keep talking to your higher power. ❤️

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      2. Thank you. I generally say that I don’t need congratulations. When I gave uo control, someone else took control. My higher power. Or, is I like to call him/her, God. I’m not in financial straights… yet. But, my two jobs probably won’t make money until sometime in 2022. I’m going to try a little real picture making today. Photography is either my cross or my crown. We’ll see what happens.

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