Snapshot #11 | 10 Things for 26 October 2014

Personal, Photography

Currently…

1. starting… to build that new wardrobe I’ve been thinking about. It’s possible I’m putting too much thought into it. There’s a spreadsheet.
2. making… waffles. I got a waffle iron! It’s so exciting! (To me. It’s exciting to me.)
3. getting… ready for 2015. (!)
4. listening… to David Bowie’s isolated vocals on ‘Ziggy Stardust’. Amazing.
5. deciding… what to make during this year’s Christmas baking marathon.
6. playing… with the new TinType app from Hipstamatic. So much fun.
7. backing… 100 More Years of Analog Film by FILM Ferrania on Kickstarter. I was so excited when I saw this particular project, and I would have backed it immediately, but it took me ages to decide how much I wanted to pledge.
8. trying… an experiment. I’ll let you know if it works. (If it doesn’t, I will never mention it again.)
9. looking… for a new workout. It’s official—I need something new. I just don’t know what.
10. noticing… a pattern.

Madonna by Herb Ritts, 1990 | Inspired

Inspiration + Obsessions

Madonna by Herb Ritts, 1990 | Inspired | reghanskerry.com

Herb Ritts was one of the first photographers I was really aware of. Growing up, I was surrounded by photo books, and was aware of photography as an artistic medium, but Ritts was one of the first whose portraits stood out to me, and whose work I recognized on sight. I’ve always loved the photos from this 1990 session, but this one is my favourite.

Herb Ritts | Catalogue | Remembering the Work of Photographer Herb Ritts

What you want vs. what you want more.

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The choice between the things we want to do and the things we need to do is easy. It’s not always fun, and we might not always make the right choice, but knowing which choice is the right one… it’s usually not too difficult. The same goes for choosing between things we want to do and things we should do. I need to feed the cat (not that she’ll let me forget). I should do the dishes. I want to binge-watch Veronica Mars. Again. I’m ostensibly a grownup, so… I’ll feed the cat, complain about doing the dishes (but do them anyway), and then watch as much VM as I have time for.

The trouble comes when the options are equal, when the choice is between one thing you want to do, and another thing you want to do.

One of the nice things about painting a room is that, once the prep work is done, it’s about as close to a mindless activity as you can get. No decisions, no puzzles to solve, just a few hours of rolling paint onto a wall. Finding hints of previous paint colours and being horribly judgemental about the kind of people who would choose that particular shade of brown for a room that size is about as deep as it gets. (Seriously. It was terrible.)

What I’m saying is, I had a lot of time to think when I was painting. And then some more when I was getting over my cold. And it struck me how much time I lose every day to things that… matter, and that I’m interested in, but that aren’t really what I want to be focussed on. It’s not procrastination, as such, it’s just… not working on the right things.

If that makes sense. I’m not sure that it does.

There are so many things I’m interested in, and that I want to pursue. And they’re all worth pursuing. But I can’t do them all, and as long as I try to, none of them are going to get the attention they deserve. If I’m tweaking the blog settings, I’m not writing. If I’m writing, I’m not perfecting a cookie recipe. If I’m baking, I’m not taking pictures. If I’m taking pictures, I’m not reading the book that’s been on my bedside table for, like, eight months.

It’s what I want, versus what I want more. It’s time to make a decision.

So, that’s my next project: thinking about all of these things, and deciding what I want most. (I have an idea, but I’m still wavering.) Deciding what I’m willing to sacrifice to get it. (This is the bit that hurts.) Figuring out how to handle everything else in a reasonable way.

Wish me luck.

Snapshot #10 | 10 Things for 12 October 2014

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1 October 2014

Getting to this a bit late today. (It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, and I haven’t exactly been at the computer very much today.)

Currently…

1. loving… my new chair. So much. ♥
2. drinking… flat white. My new addiction.
3. seeing… things come together.
4. editing… some fantastic portraits.
5. relishing… the silence.
6. needing… to get back to work.
7. writing… stories in my head. Not sure if they’ll make it into the real world.
8. eating… this glorious pumpkin tart. Well, a variation on it. (I use my own recipe for the filling, and substitute pecans for walnuts, because I substitute pecans for walnuts in pretty much everything. But the crust and streusel are amazing.)
9. thinking… about the future.
10. breaking… out the scarves and gloves. Finally.