Often referred to and sought after and if you should become very wealthy… why is called filthy rich? hmmm?
Art is not so much defined but observed.
We cannot make photos of the past or the future. What happens now in front of our camera is our canvas. We can only learn from the past. The great tragedy would be to miss now. Be ready to see, camera at hand and remember to think through the shot.
Why fall into the trap of making some macabre image to shock your audience. We see enough of that without going out of the way. Trying to shock on purpose is going to tire very quickly.
If you want to be a more interesting photographer, become a more interesting person.
Success brings the delusion that you must be right about your business strategy. It might only be momentum.
The rise of electronic communication has no doubt had a substantial effect on the mail system that many of us grew up with. Coupled with the fact that penmanship is on a steady decline among the younger population and one wonders if paper mail is not due for a major overhaul.
Despite claims of a paperless office, I doubt we will see a paperless society. There are intrinsic qualities of the printed or written page that cannot be reproduced electronically. It’s more than nostalgia. Electronic files are not necessarily more secure than paper, they are only smaller and don’t require the felling of tress. However, it takes resources to make computers and mass storage devices too.
Speed is also a consideration. An email or blog post can be made in seconds while the same paper communication might take days. If you type, the electronic method is faster and doesn’t require as much effort. There is no hunting for pen and paper or postage and a trip to the mail box. There are tradeoffs in the match up between pen and paper versus the digital equivalent.
Speed and compactness are desirable but lack the tangible qualities of ink on fine paper with artful stamps affixed to the corner of the envelope. In the old days, letters were precious for several reasons. It meant someone made the effort to sit down and use their time and resources to craft a message just for you. It might take an hour or so to write, maybe a trip the post office and then it would take days to reach its destination. Those hand written letters had both a tangible and intangible value.
Probably more important than whether we are using ink or pixels is what electronics has done to our ability to write and to think as well. Modern communications are clogged with garbled disjointed phrases and IM or text speak. Where complete thoughts, sentences and paragraphs are replaced by catch phrases and gestures.
Regardless of the medium the critical issue of writing is to communicate clearly. To write well and present our feelings or ideas we must be able to think. Our thinking is improved when we are able to read with comprehension. Reading skills and a good vocabulary are paramount to the art of writing well.
If we cannot write the vision and make it plain we will never achieve our goals. No one can follow a plan that is not clearly laid out.