One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment. Hart Crane, American poet
I’ve been on a mission lately. A mission to grow as a photographer, as a crafter, as a human being. I won’t get into all the different ways I’m working to do this, but one of my key tenets is to just *do*.
Oh hey, Nike. I forgot about you. Your message is spot on. I can sit around the house and have my life pass me by without actually doing a whole heck of a lot. Or I can do. For me, this means finally taking a sewing class so I can be afraid of my sewing machine no longer. It means starting from the very beginning as a runner, just putting one foot in front of the other. It means bringing my camera with me and *using* it all of the time.
You’d think this would be easy for me. I generally have at least two cameras (my iphone and my point and shoot) with me just about all of the time. Except I don’t always take photos with them. Days will have passed before I realize I haven’t taken a single photo. That’s madness. I’m a photographer. I love taking pictures. But sometimes it feels a bit like work. And it’s not always easy to lug around my other camera. It’s big and unwieldy. It draws attention. Except, you know what? I *love* taking photos with it. I love capturing what I see around me. I just have to remember to do it. Every day. I need to drench myself in photos, taking good ones, taking bad ones.
So today, I made the choice to bring my big camera with me. I made the choice to do: to photograph what I see around me, to photograph my life, my kids, my experiences. It was unwieldy. I bumped it into some things.
But see what I captured today. If I would have chosen *not* to bring my camera, I would have missed out on all of this:
I feel a bit like GI Joe: knowing is half the battle. Except it’s not ‘knowing.’ It’s ‘doing.’ Doing is half the battle. The more you do, the better sense you have for finding where you want to go. Drench yourself in whatever it is you love to do. Writers, write. Crafters, craft. Photogs, photograph. You will be happier for it.