I love hearing insight about the world especially from people who are so in tuned with it. We are so busy with our lives that most people do not take the time to understand the environment we live in. We simply just take and take until there is no more to take and then move on to the next area that has what we want. The Chumash people, just like Tima Link really understand the earth that we live in. They know the feeling of the earth and how to take care of it. They is an understanding of balance in their world. The give and take is mutual and they know once one party oversteps their boundaries, there will be need for re-balance. Although the video was speaking on taking care of the environment on a smaller level, what they were saying can really be applied to the entire earth. We live on a plant with finite resources, but live and use as if it were never ending. We need to find the balance in order to sustain the world that we live in. Our over-consumption will lead to our end, but that is not always seen since we are very much about the hear and now when it comes to the things we want and need. We need to figure out a way to work with the earth so that we may grow together.
For my 10 most compelling photos I chose images that have elements that I define my style. They also contain elements and technique that I wish to further develop. I am really happy with my progress in photography. I am really starting to get into the groove of things and I think I am really getting to know my aesthetic. I can’t wait to see where the rest of my progress is going to get me.
The deadly sin of composition that really stuck with me is “lacking emotional impact.” The images we create should have some significant meaning and make the viewer feel. Photography and imagery in general are forms of communication. Instead of using words and sentences, we use captured representations of life to deliver our message. There is a reason why the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” exists. The images we create embody our thoughts, opinions, and whatever else comes into our minds.
Another of the deadly sins of composition that reigns true to my work is subject in the bull’s eye. I rarely ever have my subjects in the center. I really favor framing and rule of thirds in my creative images. I’ve been always drawn to rule of thirds. It’s pleasing to most people so I naturally was drawn to this form of composition. Framing came along later for me. Framing using foreground objects and whatever is in the environment makes it fun to explore whatever is around.