Chance encounters

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    Control, apparently, is not the answer. People who need certainty in their lives are less likely to make art that is risky, subversive, complicated, iffy, suggestive or spontaneous. What's really needed is nothing more than a broad sense of what you are looking for, some strategy for how to find it, and an overriding willingness to embrace mistakes and surprises along the way. Simply put, making art is chancy - it doesn't mix well with predictability. Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-prevasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.

    Another excerpt from Art & Fear. I found it meaningful, hopefully some others out here shall too.

    This was an image I made in Vermont, near a small church we had stopped to photographed. The ground was layered in fallen leaves and I was laying in them staring straight up, admiring the blue sky and yellow leaves, the warmth of the sun, and the lazily drifting clouds. This was how it all felt to me.

    [Adam Baker], shetha, danielbph, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Gordana AM 77 months ago | reply

      Zeb, your posts are such good read, besides being wonderful to look at...

    2. Gordana AM 77 months ago | reply

      Came back to add something Milan Kundera wrote on this:
      "Chance and chance alone has a message for us. Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out is mute. Only chance can speak to us. We read its message much as gypsies read the images made by coffee grounds at the bottom of a cup...

      Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    3. shetha 77 months ago | reply

      I love the cloud the most. Because it was the most temporary thing...

    4. Fadzly @ Shutterhack 77 months ago | reply

      Tremendously beautiful shot you have presented here! The colors and tones (the hues as well) are somewhat pleasing to the eye. Oh another piece from the FM2 I see :)

    5. M-ALHAMMADI 77 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called www.flickr.com/groups/400939@N23/, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      looks so beautiful
      great work...

    6. Nathan Allworth 77 months ago | reply

      Which 28 was this? ƒ/2 or ƒ/2.8?

      Lovely shot. The Bokeh is very similar to the 35mm ƒ/2.

      The quote, again, is very nice! Not having a good day, mainly because I'm needing some certainty or control that isn't there. This helps!

    7. Zeb Andrews 77 months ago | reply

      It is the f2.8, in fact it is the Series E version at that.

    8. Haiku Garry 77 months ago | reply

      very nice, i love the blur.

    9. ☂dreamtime 77 months ago | reply

      I like E series. I don't have the 28, but my experience with the other ones suggests that they're light ,compact, and a great value. My 100mm is neat because it looks like a 50.

    10. rob_fuel 77 months ago | reply

      Thanks for this one, too. Sage words.

      Love the color here.

    11. Boris Taratutin 77 months ago | reply

      this is just sweet.

      blur sometimes does more for a photo than sharpness :)

    12. ©middlegrey 77 months ago | reply

      Artistically shot. Your takes are truly inspiring.

    13. ChelseaBoothe 77 months ago | reply

      that's so beautiful, even blurry
      wish i could do things like that in California

    14. sallysdad12 [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      control was never the answer

      definition at best is a coping strategy

      at its more negative control, concepts and knowledge

      restrict the human ape to a limited cognitive matrix and denial

      structure

      that filters information from a huge multiverse and restricts

      potential and enlightened action

    15. Scott Leach 75 months ago | reply

      Guess what? Next time I am out wth my camera I will be deliberately unfocussing it at some point! Great shot.

    16. Nathaniel Reinhart 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Life isn't perfect, why should our art be?, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      I love the colors of this image. So amazing!

    17. patrickjoust 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called picky imperfection, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    18. hell_rider [Away] 54 months ago | reply

      If you dilate your pupils and look at the photo as if you are stoned, then this looks like fabric fluttering in the wind.

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