Unfortunately, with the way I am cropping all the images of the website to a 2:1 ratio, what you usually get in all the images is a watered down version of the beauty of the overall image. I still take images to fit within the normal photo tolerances, and was taught to try to use the entire viewfinder to capture the entire image, no editing required. Unless you are in a controlled room, this is next to impossible, unless you are one of the few rare photographic talents on the planet that can shoot that well.
The rest of the world, like most all the images on this website, take a camera phone, where companies have made it so easy to shoot a photo, square image (so you can upload to show all your friends online) that take all the guessing out of photography with aperture, shutter speed, light matrixing, spot matrixing and even the need to focus. Point, shoot, upload.
The image I have uploaded is a great demonstration of context. The photo itself sucks, but there is a story that is told if you pull back into the normal print ration. There is a tiny woman, holding a giant umbrella in a rainstorm, standing under the vendors stand blocking pretty much anyone from behind walking up to the table, for fear of getting hit with the monster umbrella. It is a cute image that I will make a cute card out of.
There is a discussion about work and how we spend out time on the planet and how it will change. In many respects, I think the past 30 years of my life and actually being able to work when I wanted, (thanks Mr. Smith & Mr. Feld) usually had me working all the time on ideas, because I find the work interesting, and the process of creation instead of watching or just going to the store to buy something, is rather boring. Leveraging the tools and learning how to use them to be able to work anywhere on the plant also seem to be something that many people don’t quite grasp, even today.
I guess work is a building you goto, to do some function of a project or process and get a wage because no one else wants to do it for free. If you are making something in a repetitive manner (look out for the world of robots in 20 years) people will have to work on set schedules. One thing I NEVER understood was having renovation or construction to a retail business being done during store hours. Why not send a crew in at night, when no one has to be bothered with the “ignore our mess signs?”
Life is a bit easier if you value time and just shuttle your schedule a few moments. In some parts of the world, there is a strict time where things happen. It is just that way. I found if you show up 5 minutes before the “official time” you got a seat, didn’t have to wait, and enjoyed the experience. When I fly, I have no problem flying on the days others don’t want to…then again, I can pull out the laptop or a sketchpad and be working. The element that takes a great deal of time in business is dealing with other people.
This is where the United States really has to wake up, lest we simply become a country with the top so out of touch with the bottom. I heard a politician say the president was out of touch with people. Meanwhile I see one of the two parties building and election base by offering free amnesty and stuff for illegal aliens. The TV show I would love to produce is to have senators and politicians go undercover for a few weeks inside the districts they have voters. They are just going to do minimum wage jobs, sleep in the ghetto, eat the fat laden foods and not be important of have to answer the phone for two weeks.
The first thing is few to no politician will do this, as there is not camera face time, it is really humbling to not be important, and I don’t think most could take living in what the average American has to, much less the inner cities where life is more about survival than “living.”
It is like the image posted. The little old lady is a sweet old woman, but she is oblivious that she had her giant umbrella open and had a bunch of people standing with umbrellas open behind her, all waiting to see what was on the table.
That is the danger we have inside the developed nations. We are a bit oblivious to ourselves.
As a collective, we have created a society that subtly has told itself that everyone is special and have hyped the message with a lot of air and puffery with the media and what it broadcasts.
The collective will suffer greatly before it gets better. I don’t think people realize just how much they have given away when they voted for the past 25 years.
But you get up each day and try, even if the mass is swimming in the opposite direction.
Who knows, perhaps i am simply unaware and don't even know it?