Kirk McElhearn and Jeff Carlson’s Photoactive podcast last week was a fun, wide-ranging conversation with Rick LePage. The main topic was printing photos but they also discussed a growing trend to strip GPS information so photo locations would not be mobbed.
People are lining up at well-known photo sites, waiting their turn to take selfies or take photos of a scene they’ve seen photos of on other people’s sites. Look one way and you see a lone person taking a selfie as they lean over a gorge, but turn the other way and you see a line of folks waiting their turn. It’s like documenting a scavenger hunt for experiences.
We miss the beautiful sights and experiences of daily life because we are looking past today and imagining a great experience tomorrow. We overlook the view from our deck while we dream of the view from the North Rim, but it’s the view from the deck that feeds our soul today.
The trees I see every day easily fade into the background as I scurry about. But if I focus on what I see now rather than where I’ll be later I see the world I’m alive in now.
I wonder what happened to cause the hollows I see in so many of the trees? It’s amazing that the little that’s left of the trunk can support the structure.
And doesn’t this look like an alligator’s head?
Photographers often suggest taking photos of your daily world to see it in a new way and experiment with images. I see my trees in all lights and weather and it’s pretty easy to manage a photo shoot if I can just get myself out of the recliner and out the door. I don’t have to stand in line or worry about where to park. And I might learn something.
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