I Lack An External Mute Switch, I Guess
The title of this post describes the best reason I can provide you that could come close to explaining why my career never has reached the level which it so clearly deserves.
When someone asks me a question, I just answer it without much, if any at all, thought as to what the questioner really want to hear. So were you to ask me “Hey, how are you feeling?”, you may get an answer that’s driven by my bodily sensations of the moment, something along the lines of, “Well, I’m having a little digestive issue at this time, perhaps you should stand (if you get my drift) a bit up-wind of me if you have any further questions to ask.” This is in keeping with something lawyers in training learn early on, don’t ask questions unless you already know the answer, especially questions that you don’t really want an answer to or even care what the answer is. I suppose that it’s possible that you don’t know how many people there are who will ask a question and be insulted when you give them the answer the way you see it. More than you could believe, far more.
To simplify things, nowhere in my makeup is there anything that would cause me to wonder why this person is using up even a minute of their time on earth to ask me what amounts to a question of similar depth to “what does 2 plus 2 equal?”.
So I will quietly reply “4”, and it usually gets a smile, it’s a win win deal, huh? My inner Sheldon Cooper just rejoices a bit with the humor in being discovered as yet another trained monkey.
I may be getting more tactful as I age, but as yet it’s only been a small shift in degrees and not a sea change of a direction alteration. Earlier in my life when I was also working as a still photographer and a person would show me a photo they were proud of shooting and ask what I thought about it, I might have said “Other than a basic lack of any sort of compositional sense or focus, and an obvious misunderstanding of the principles of using any number of methods to try and make what’s essentially a two dimensional item seem to have depth, it’s really not too bad.”
Now, the new and improved me would likely say “It’s really you, it’s got your name all over it”. This answer still addresses the question, but to quote an experienced political leader and former draft dodger, “Mission Accomplished”…..
That being said, I will now open myself up for a critique of my favorite photo. Not as an excuse, but just me being my folksy self after years of shooting products with 8×10 and 4×5 cameras, taking (and no exaggeration here) a few hundred thousand images with motorized Hassleblads and Nikons on t.v. shows, movies, commercials, my favorite photo turns out to be one taken with my previous phone, a Motorola Droid Incredible. Really look closely at it for a few moments and see if you get the feeling that you might looking through the mirror before you stick that dagger i me, s’il vous plaît…..
This was taken while I was riding in the passenger seat of a crew van returning from a video shoot that took place on the South rim of the Grand Canyon. When I saw that view in the exterior door mirror I hung up on a call I had made and shot it. I now have boot marks on my ass from kicking myself for not cranking up the resolution / image quality choices on the phone and getting a higher resolution image, yet at the same time I realize that to have paused even for a moment to make the changes, it might have been a lesser “Mission Accomplished” for me. As a side note, two friends have asked me if it was a tough job to alter this image in Photo Shop, I wonder how they’re doing these days?
I await your slings and arrows.
N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as everyone knows, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.
Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..
P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….
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