Deep Down Heart


Creativity. That’s what we all want. We want to be able to make a good picture, whether we use a camera, paint, charcoal, pencils or crayons. And, that’s just a few visual media.

If you are a musician, you seek other techniques and outlets because your finished product is not captured on paper.

And, so it goes.

Creativity isn’t something that comes on demand. It just sort of shows up from someplace else. Musicians like Bob Dylan and Neil Young say that they are just conduits.

My best pictures tend to come when I’ve emptied my head of everything and just make pictures. A friend of mine used to call me a Zen photographer. I don’t know about that, but when I am back in the studio the best thing that I can think while I’m looking at, and culling, my pictures is “who the hell shot that?”

Hopefully, I say that a lot if it’s a good picture, and very little if it’s a bad picture.

How do I, and they, get to this place? That’s a topic for another time. Maybe tomorrow. Let’s just say that a pre-work routine is a good idea.

Inside a flower.

The picture. I saw it and I stuck my lens as close as I could get to the center. I intentionally metered the scene so that only the highlights were exposed properly. I’m not sure that you can do this on a smartphone unless you have a professional function that allows you to use manual settings. I think most new phones do.

With the highlight exposed properly, the rest of the flower went dark. But, not so dark that you can’t see a little red in the background.

That’s it.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Enjoy every po’boy.

5 Comments

  1. “Just conduits”… I like that, I’ve not heard that before, but it chimes with my feelings about Bob Dylan and his work. And Schubert writing a song on a piece of paper, hearing it played sometime later and saying: “That’s nice who wrote that?” May be apocryphal, but maybe not. Keep OK, Ray, and let’s hoping goes as it should in November and we can all breathe a little easier, Covid or no Covid.

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    1. Dylan has said that for years, which is why he also said that he shouldn’t be thought of some kind of leader. Neil Young too. He follows his muse wherever it leads him, but he says that he doesn’t know where his words come from either. His most famous quote is, “whenever I find myself in the middle of the road I head straight for the gutter where things are a lot more interesting.” Me too.

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