After the fire has been put out

Springs in a mattress after the fire has been put out. Although I have always known how dangerous most mattresses are in fires, watching a mattress burn from the time it was lit until it was engulfed in flames reminded me how dangerous they really are. A picture of the mattress in flames as well as other pictures from our live fire exercise coming tomorrow.

Calendar for November 2014

Decided to start making a monthly background with the months calendar, just for the fun of it. If you like it, you can download the full (2560×1600) image here.

Ghostly

A mis-shot while checking the setup for today’s Life of Jalo. But very apt for the day.

Frozen

Last Saturday we woke up to a cold and crispy autumn morning with cloudless skies. The weather was so nice, that the camera had to get an outing with the boys. The ditches around the fields had frozen over during the night, catching leaves, air bubbles and whatnot in the process. The simple beauty of autumn.

ait bubbles captured in ice

birch leaves captured in ice

Seeing what we ignore

As a photographer a great deal of time should be constantly spent training the eye and mind to see things that others ignore and pass by without a thought. A quote from Scott Berkun’s Mindfire illustrates the challenge in this very well:

For most knowledge-worker types, life is an abstraction. We move things around we can’t hold in our hands, and we get paid for doing dull things for dull people we never meet and never know.

The challenge as an adult, once you’ve found your way and settled down, is to undo indifference. That’s where happiness is: in paying attention in the ways we did when things were new, and we were young enough not to judge. We all have that voice in our heads that whispers, “This is cool” or “This is different” or even “Wait—what is this? Let’s see,” but it’s pounded into submission by the stodgy, stronger, rational adult voice we’ve used to get the external things we covet so dearly.

Unfortunately it is all too easy to forget to look around with an open mind and let ourselves experience childish joy in discovering new things or seeing things in a new way. As a photographer who is always looking to improve my vision and storytelling, undoing indifference and slowing down is something I need to do much more often.

In fact, I’ve found that lately picking up the camera is in many ways too much of a chore. Much of it is because I feel that so many of the photographs I currently take are just new versions of the same old. I really need to challenge myself bye slowing down and thinking of new perspectives.