Was reading an article on advice to young photographers. I have no idea what I'm doing with a camera, let's be honest. But since photos, good or bad, always seem to give something to write about, I think photography and writing are pretty inseparable. So the top two pieces of advice from accomplished photographers?
Wear good shoes.
Fall in love.
I like this idea very much. It frees you to walk anywhere, explore your limits. (After a little thought, these are decidedly my 3 most over-worn shoes.)
There are people who want to and probably should be looked at. But to write, to observe...I'm more interested in looking.
Plus, I think a good shoe is one you don't notice.
And what about love? It keeps you sensitive, aware, ready to interact and grab hold of the present. It makes us notice ourselves less and others more. It's the center of our functional capacity...it's easy to invest in what we love, right? It's the why behind our actions.
I want to fall a little more in love with my neighborhood. And my work. My family. My community. And even when we think we repeatedly fail at it, love is at the very heart of us. It sometimes just requires a little walking.
"Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud, it is not rude, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the the truth. It always trusts, always protects, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Cor 13