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Joanna Paterson
Noticing the pattern, texture and poetry of days
Noticing the pattern, texture and poetry of days

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Ambition is the picture you have at the back of your mind of how you would like things to look.

It's the photographs you'd like to take or rather: the ones you'd like to be known for taking.

It's the desire you have for the things you (secretly) want others to say about your work, and the qualities they'd notice.

It can be a force for good, pushing and nagging you to learn and to practice, to invest and to investigate, to make new connections and allow yourself to be challenged, and inspired.

It can also seriously get in the way of taking a photograph.

I think I notice photographic ambition most intently when I set it down, and pick up the camera.

It's the lightness I feel, the absence of its weight.

When you put ambition down, that's when the magic happens: when the world starts to move, and bend, and dance with you, to offer pattern, texture, colour, light, to offer invitation and challenge after prickly challenge, not of the abstract kind but the real: how to show the look of this day, this moment, this light, this patch of earth, never mind how it could look, but simply, how it does.


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Being alone is, for me, a necessary condition for slow, deliberate photography.

Although there are some people that I can happily walk with (well, one or two if I’m honest), walking with photography in mind is a different beast entirely, and is best practiced alone.

Alone offers the space and most importantly time: to mooch and meander, to notice without aim, to bend down, shuffle round or lie down on the warm earth, to watch and gasp in wonder without needing to explain why you’re taking so long, and what it is you’re looking at when there’s nothing apparently to see.

This kind of aloneness, walking with camera in hand, is, for me, a gift, and probably the main reason I am hooked on the practice of photography.

It is not just time out, but also time in: to really notice, to appreciate and wonder and connect, to be alone to be reminded, over and over, that you are not. #alone  

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Time away is great for shifting perspective. Especially when you're also unplugged and offline. Especially when you're also drinking in wild moorland vistas and outrageous mountain landscapes :-)

One of my shifts in perspective from a week away is that I'd like to explore a different way of using this space.

I pretty well stopped posting here a month or so ago.

There are more than a few reasons for this, and yes I know it might be in part be the old chestnut: you need to follow different people and invest the time in getting to know people in order to make it work.

But if I'm truthful I know I'm not looking for more content to consume or conversation to indulge in (between my feed reader and Twitter there is already more than enough).

I know I'm not alone in wondering what on earth yet-another-network might be for...
but I'm willing to think about other ways of using it.

Perhaps it's simply a place for photos: the chance to share some of what I see that's beautiful in the world, through the lens of my camera, and some of what those moments of wonder make me think about as I learn to better pay attention.

We'll see.

It is quite possible I'll change my mind again ;-)

(That's the good thing about new networks, you can keep on experimenting and shifting perspective till you're gaining from what you're seeing, reading, listening to and sharing.)

In any event: hope you like the photo.

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The times they are a changin... Most definitely the hint of autumn in the air, and the hedgerows

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"When everyone yells “Look at me!”, become quiet. When others seek attention, turn your attention inward."

I really appreciated this quieting perspective from +Leo Babauta at Zen Habits.

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Guest post from me on learning from wild flowers. Includes a whole lot of photos which if I say so myself are really gorgeous. Well, it's the flowers that are gorgeous, I just try to show them off :-)

Things I like about g+ =

Being able to scroll. (I keep finding myself trying to do this in other places, and getting frustrated that I can't).

Being able to track conversations over a few days, even a week or more

Being able to share and view photos

Beyond that, I have to confess, there isn't much I feel I would miss.

Maybe I'm not using it right, maybe I'm just not getting it, maybe it works for some personalities but not all, maybe it works in some industries but not all, Maybe it depends on the other networks you're using, enjoying and connecting through.

Maybe there's still a light switch that needs to go on in my head about this place and space.

Can you help?

If google plus were no longer here, would you miss it? What is it that you would miss?

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Is social media like the Force?

Reflections, questions and an interview from +Terry Starbucker

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I needed to write this, for myself really, as a way of allowing the writing of other things.

Writing a short piece about some favourite books on my creative bookshelf. Going to focus it around the (hero's) journey.

Seems to be one of those weeks where I'm seeing archetypal journeys everywhere :-)
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