JonPatrickHyde
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B&W Photo Challenge Day 5
The barriers in our minds are the true enemy of progress. We can scale a tall fence that keeps us in or out of a place we desire to visit - but we often cannot break through the walls - climb the fences in our minds. Why is that? ------------------------ Nikon D1X Nikkor 50mm f1.2 At an abandoned oil refinery - Ventura, CA. 2009
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TechAtHeart - I like to say that we are the best architects of our own successes and of our own failures. The ability to own your choices is vital in my opinion - in being able to learn from your choices and make decisions to be a better version of yourself. Nothing on this planet is immovable. Nothing can resist the force of change through time. People are no different. We have much shorter lifetimes - so me must accept changes that come at a more rapid pace. The funny thing is that once you learn to own your choices, you're set free in a way. You learn you can simply choose to reject the decisions of the past that set you up for failure. You can walk away from being your own worst enemy. I also have the Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - that lens is my typical go-to lens. I always shoot primes. I have 14mm - 400mm in Nikkor glass. I have 16 lenses to meet all sorts of different needs. And honestly they are all cinematography needs. It's great that I can also use them for photography. My 105mm f2.5 is probably my favorite lens. It's the one I use to shoot concerts with. I've lived just outside of Ventura - in the hilly area between Camarillo and Ventura - for nearly 10 years. I graduated from The Brooks Institute. I ride Foothills Rd. almost every day. This area is beautiful and safe, relatively affordable - and it's close to LA - I can be there in 45 minutes - depending on traffic - if I need. I can ride mountains in the morning and spend the afternoon at the beach. It's paradise to me! This photo is from the old oil refinery - right off the Avenue - across Hwy 33 on the way to Ojai. I ride by it on my bike regularly. :D
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Danidee - Thank you! I am a cancer survivor. I can't say that chemo and surgery are not a major reason I'm still here - but I don't think they are the most important factor. When I was first diagnosed, the prognosis wasn't great. And I let fear and doubt take over. At first my treatment was going just as I had expected - in reality - what I had invited through my fear. Then I got angry. I refocused my energy and I stopped accepting what the doctors where telling them. THEY don't make my reality - I do. I decided that a lot of things my end my life - but cancer wouldn't be one of them. I decided that regardless of what the tests showed day-to-day - I was going to be in the 26% that survived longer than 2 years. I celebrated 6 years in remission this past July. I had great doctors. They did aggressive treatments. I changed my diet, my lifestyle, almost nothing of the person I was has survived to now - and so perhaps in a way I did die - but was reborn into a healthier-better version of myself. Our minds are incredibly powerful. I am here - I breathe and live because of this fact. I changed the outcome of what had been presented as a death sentence because I decided I didn't have to accept that outcome.
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@JonPatrickHyde Thank you so much for the tips! I feel very fortunate to live in such a scenic town. I have taken maky photos here, but there are so many places I have yet to go before I leave! Your words and advice are so helpful. I agree with @WordDoctor and I think writing cards or making a collection in this topic would be a great idea
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"This is the greatest gift artists offer the world - a chance to see the world through another person's eyes and experience their reality." I really love your discussion of this great point, @JonPatrickHyde, as well as your insights on the process of becoming an artist and the value of positive feedback and community. It is the same for writers! @onesmile I totally get what you are saying about feeling relieved to talk to someone who is talented and skilled in their art without being made to feel inferior. I love to make art myself, but it is not my primary talent for sure. This exchange has been so valuable and delightful for me! It makes me want to share some of my visual art activities. @JonPatrickHyde, may I suggest that you start a collection for your artistic insights and those life insights that related to the artistic act? I would love to follow that collection, read more of your thoughts, and for others to read them as well! They are so encouraging, perceptive and thought-provoking. You could repost some of what you have written in these comments. Just a suggestion!
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@onesmile - Thank you! I learned a long time ago that in things like art, music, literature... anything that is expressive in nature and subjective in meaning - these things are gifts we can share with one-another. I subscribe to the belief that we live in at least two different realities at the same time. There is our consensus reality - things like - "The sky is blue" - "the wind today is cold" etc... You and I if standing side-by-side can experience these things and on some level agree we are seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, smelling our environment and sharing similar sensations. Our second reality is our individual reality. Because NOTHING we experience as human beings is first-hand - everything we interact with - the information is sent from whatever sensory organ has been stimulated - eyes, ears, nose, skin, taste buds - and sent to our brain - which then categorizes and interprets the biochemical/bio-electrical impulses from the stimulated organ. So in this as you and I stand side-by-side and we look at a beautiful sunset - you and I may agree that there is orange and blue and yellow and red and even some purples and greens in the sky and the clouds. But I can promise you that we are individually seeing different things. I lack the same rods and cones in my eyes that you do. I have red/green color blindness (which is really a bad way to say I can't distinguish the finer subtleties of the various shades of red and green and any color that is mixed with them - deep purple looks navy blue in my mind, I thought that the green light on a traffic signal was light blue until I was around 7 years old)... We can agree on our consensus reality because in part, I don't question that my eyes fail to work as well as most everyone else in terms of distinguishing color. And this is another reason I've mostly stayed away from working in mediums that require color. I'm more comfortable working with black, white, and shades of graphite. Art has been a journey for me that tells the story of my life. In sharing that with others I can build a bridge of communication that hopefully helps them better understand who I am. I can share my version of my individual reality - and the subtle differences - or at times vast differences - in what I see and how it makes me feel to what their individual reality is - I hope that helps expand their understanding of the world from a different perspective. This is the greatest gift artists offer the world - a chance to see the world through another person's eyes and experience their reality. I am humbled and honored when someone looks at my art and either relates to it - or it touches them in some way - or they see something that I myself never noticed or thought about and they share that back to me. Art isn't just about learning what the artist is thinking or feeling - it's an opportunity to learn with the person viewing the art is thinking and feeling - it's a chance for the artist to learn and grow as well. I love looking at other people's art. Reading it or hearing it... because I can learn so much that I'd perhaps never think to notice if left to my own devices. I've developed a love for music from all around the world... for painters and sculptors and writers and illustrators. That is what I am about and this is what I believe art can give us - it can be the language used to translate differences in similarities - to break down barriers that separate us and open our hearts and minds to the things we all share in kind. Thank you again for taking the time to write such a kind and thoughtful message. It gives me faith in humanity when complete strangers can meet and find avenues to build bridges with one-another instead of finding reasons to fear or reject one-another.
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