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[photography is] slowing down

There was an explorer who was sent to Africa by his company to find a certain tribe in Africa. He was on a very tight time line, so he hired a handful of local Africans to help him carry his equipment. He and his team hurried through the jungle. They raced onward for three days.

At the end of the third day, the Africans on his team sat down and would not move. The explorer urged them to get up, telling them of the pressure he was under to reach his designation before a certain date.

They refused to move.

He could not understand this; after much persuasion, they still refused to move. Finally, he got one of them to admit the reason. This native said, “We have moved too quickly to reach here; now we need to wait here to give our spirits a chance to catch up with us”. – Author Unknown

I’ve been in such a hurry lately to “get somewhere” with my photography.

With the busiest season of the year upon us, I am promising myself to stay more mindful of the moment I am in and enjoy the process of my own evolving creativity.

This is one of the first images I created once I chose photography as a career—SOOC on Fujichrome—just as I used to shoot and present every image I took. I rarely changed the “original vision” that I captured on film. I was caught up in the pure technical craft where it collided with the creativity of composition and choice of place. I truly wanted to be a journalist-photographing the world as it is. Now, after 20 years of pure technical craft and not a lot of my own vision (especially in the commercial work I have done), I am on a new path: a path that I have been trying to get my footing on since my days in the darkroom dabbling in alternative processes.


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    kellie hatcher

    November 4, 2010

    umm, kristianne…this shot is amazing! maybe you should just keep documenting like you do. you are so uber talented, girl! i’m so glad to have found your blog! xo!