I started a new blog, a micro blog actually, on Tumblr.
Over the years, my main blog has morphed into bigger posts with lots of photos and text. My micro blog is simple — photos take center stage. I already have over 100 images from Japan with lots of dark inky black and whites. It’s my attempt to do something new and to share images created exclusively with the Pentax Q7. I call it atmtx Q.
I’ll have a lot of photos from Japan and beyond and most of them will be exclusive to atmtx Q. My Instagram is shot only with the iPhone and this new Tumblr site will be only be with the Pentax Q system. I shoot more free-form with the Pentax and I want a more free-form way to display those images.
Please take a look and tell me what you think.
A few weeks ago, when I was in Hawaii actually, this blog hit its 4th birthday. I’ve been at this thing as long as it took to get my undergraduate degree. In some ways, I’ve probably dedicated more energy into this endeavor than my formal university education. That may be an exaggeration, but sometimes it feels that way.
So why do I expend so much energy on this thing? I’ve thought about this a lot.
Our analytical left brain works hard to optimize our thoughts for making a living. I’m guilty of this and I’m not proud to admit that my university education was meant as a vehicle for getting a better job, instead of the pursuit of knowledge. But there is so much more to life. Quite unexpectedly, working on this blog has begun to breakdown the walls to the creative and emotional right brain.
What good is making a living, if there’s no emotion and passion to live it?
First through photography and now through this blog, I’m tapping into the long dormant creative side that most of us have mothballed since childhood. And as I slowly jack hammer the wall that separates the two halves, I’ve realized that life can be so much richer. Photography trains me to see. The blog helps me to express.
In the last year, my interest in writing continues to grow. I’ve started dabbling in poetry (Haiku) for the first time. I’ve created my first video. I’ve enjoyed tweaking the look of the site and made a major design change last September. These activities feed my creative side.
But, old habits die hard. My analytical mind is fully present on this blog too. Pavlovian conditioning reinforces equipment oriented posts since they generate the most views. The quest for a larger audience may be misguided, especially if this blog is meant purely as a creative outlet. But life, of course, is more complex than that. Sure the blog soothes my desire for creative expression but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a larger audience.
I’m in an active struggle to balance gear talk with photography and creative expression. The uneasy blending that I’ve been working on is to wrap stories and ample photos around cameras I talk about or review. Truth be told, my equipment reviews are a devious attempt to showcase my photographs on unsuspecting readers. People come to find out about a camera and they are presented with my photos taken with said camera. I hope, dear reader, that you don’t mind.
I have no idea what the fifth year will bring. I’ll continue to break down the walls to my creativity. Hopefully you will find this interesting. Perhaps you too will find ways to tap into what interests you.
Thank you for your continued visits.