Photography and the Time Grab

November 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking, and racing around to come up behind you again ...
~from "Time" by Pink Floyd


I'm been thinking about time a lot lately ... how it passes and how we use it ... and maybe more importantly, how we think and feel about time.  If we're in the enviable position of excitedly looking forward to something, or if we are unfortunately dreading something, time drags on and on, and can't pass quickly enough.  As we experience something fun, exciting, or satisfying, the time is seemingly gone in a nanosecond. But time is time ... of course it is our perception and use of it that varies, not time itself.


For me, time spent with my photography flashes by, seemingly at the speed of light.  There is just never enough time for photography.  This is a matter of my perception, but it is sometimes also a cold reality.  I have a non-photography day job that is quite demanding and sometimes leaves me with no time, or no energy, for photography.  What am I to do when I am frustrated by days or even weeks when my shutter is not clicking?  In these stretches, I must take advantage of the little time that I do have, even if it is 10 or 20 minutes alone in my kitchen.  Yes, there are photos to be had in the kitchen, and around your home, yard or neighborhood, if you can open your eyes and mind to see them.


The abstract image above is of a wire whisk in my utensil jar on my kitchen counter.  The silver and gray shapes and tones are created by the metal whisk, and the yellow tones are created by some wooden utensils in the same jar.  I thought it made a pleasing abstract, but more importantly, it gave me the pleasure of a few minutes of shooting in my kitchen, and creative satisfaction in the precious short time I had for shooting that day.


I would encourage all artists and photographers to take advantage of any little snippet of time that presents itself to practice and enjoy your craft.  Even when you are at your busiest with other competing priorities, you may be surprised at what can come out of those few minutes you can grab ... a usable image or art piece (or a start at one), but more importantly, the time that you've carved out and spent on your craft.  Those moments will never come again.


I'd love to hear your thoughts and musings about time and your photography or other creative endeavors, so please feel free to drop me a line.


As always, I wish you happy shooting and a satisfying creative journey!


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