Alone

•October 23, 2014 • 9 Comments

Dan Jurak, landscape, fine art, fineart, long exposure, black and white, landscape, prairie, Alberta, silos, Canada, dark, cloudy,

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
- Edgar Allan Poe, Alone

Photography for me is definitely NOT a group experience.

One of the great joys in my life is getting out by myself. Going where I want to go. Stopping where I want to stop and for how long I want to stop.

There are times while taking photos that it is almost a Zen like or spiritual experience. It’s being in the “zone” for lack of a better word.

I have never understood the idea of a few people getting together, cameras in hand and taking photos. I once drove by a photo tour/workshop by Hebert Lake in Banff National Park and it seemed to be the most uncreative atmosphere imaginable. The leader of the group, a short, bearded fellow was herding and directing his clients to better shooting spots and giving advice. Seeing that was my signal to move on and get far away from the group to find the solitude I experience when shooting landscapes.

Is this being anti-social? Probably but if I want to go out in the country with a group of people I would much rather be fishing or something like that where it is a shared experience. Photography for me is not.

Like the poem from Poe,

“As others saw—I could not bring

My passions from a common spring—”

creativity has always been an individual act. As the old saying goes, “too many cooks spoil the soup”.

Happy shooting,

Dan

 

 

Belief

•October 21, 2014 • 14 Comments

Dan Jurak, long exposure, black and white, fine art, landscape, prairie, clouds, stormy, dark,

Forever nameless
Forever unknown
Forever unconceived
Forever unrepresented
yet forever felt in the soul.

- D.H. Lawrence (Belief)

I went for a short ride in the country this morning after I dropped off one of my kids for university. I didn’t go for very long or very far before I stopped the dusty Rav4 and looked out at the horizon.

This is a new way of seeing for me. It’s a challenge. It’s new. It’s exciting.

I think I now know why I neglected my camera so often in the past year. I was bored. I needed a new reason to get out and start seeing all over again in a new way.

The accompanying words by D.H. Lawrence in a way reflect how I feel about this place. People drive by it everyday. It’s unremarkable and quickly forgotten but it somehow pulled me into the moment never to be forgotten.

This for me is new. I hope you find it a pleasant change from the usual.

Happy shooting,

Dan

Impossible Dreamer

•October 16, 2014 • 16 Comments

Impossible Dreamer

“In the darkest part of the night
Blue shadows conjure you
And in the brightest height of
the daylight
Sometimes I blink ’cause
I think I see you
Dreaming like you do”

- Lyrics by Joni Mitchell

I have only just started on this journey of my dreams.

Be my companion as I stumble and fumble along while trying to find my way through the light and dark places of my imagination.

Happy shooting,

Dan

I’ll be back in a bit… maybe

•October 8, 2014 • 13 Comments

Seven hundred plus posts in the trash. This isn’t an impulse decision.

My interest in photography and blogging about it has dwindled. It’s time for a new direction. Everything seems old and having been done a million times before.

New directions lead to new horizons, I hope.

It’s possible that I will re-visit this place so I will maintain a skeleton presence here on WordPress.

Dan

 
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