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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Eat, Sleep, Work.

Nikon D70 @ 50mm, 1/100 sec, f/1.8, ISO200

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Eat, sleep, work.

That's all I've been doing recently. Although there's definitely a heavier emphasis on the work - the eating has been consisting of a lot of takeaways and the sleeping has been cut down to the bare minimum.

So I thought this self portrait fairly acurately represented my general mood at the moment.

A good sleep tonight (work permitting of course) and I'll be back to my happy self again!


Blogger Zoomfreaky said...

Ai, all work and no play, not healthy.

Photo is strange and a bit scary too.. those big black holes were your eyes used to be and am intrigued by the 'double' vision... As always...love your use of color.

Hope you can make up for lost time soon.

4:28 pm, May 17, 2006  
Blogger Zoomfreaky said...

Ai, all work and no play, not healthy.

Photo is strange and a bit scary too.. those big black holes were your eyes used to be and am intrigued by the 'double' vision... As always...love your use of color.

Hope you can make up for lost time soon.

4:28 pm, May 17, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Very cool shot : title fits perfectly.GREAT GREAT SHOT!

4:31 am, May 18, 2006  
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2:23 am, May 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your life may be a work of art…Art is a work of expression and skill. Your photography is your art and you are honestly expressing yourself with great skill and ability. Your photography is documenting your life- it is capturing the feelings and the emotions you have about the world…your life is becoming a work of art. Your eyes are really starting to open now and your heart is beginning to feel- always keep your camera near by so that when the moment arises, you can capture it!
In all great art there is love and suffering. There is great depth and substance in suffering and when this is communicated to people, it has a powerful impact. Right now you are suffering in your life and you are documenting this through your art- your photography. You love your art- your photography and that's what inspires and drives you. In this photo I see a man whose world is hazy, dark, blurred and fragmented. He is waiting for it to brighten up, to come into a sharper, happier focus. There is a wall in the foreground- to me this symbolizes the obstacle/barrier in life- the thing that you must break down or overcome to get to your goal, to achieve your ideal. The image of the man looks like a reflection upon a mirror. This provides me with an unreal feeling about the scene- the fact that the man is a reflection and not the real thing. The fact that the image is hazy and blurred increases the unreal quality of the image of the man. It suggests to me that the man I am seeing is not quite real- it is only an illusion that I am seeing- only a reflection and not the solid, real image. Perhaps the man that we are seeing in the photograph is also an obstacle- he is an illusion that must be shattered, a reflection of the “real” thing- when the glass is shattered and when the wall crumbles down, we get to the truth, the essence that is behind everything. We see the real man! To the right of the image of the man, there is a fragment, a piece of his reflection…perhaps the illusions are already starting to shatter! So once again, I feel the underlying message behind this photograph is that in life we face many obstacles and challenges and to best overcome them we must really understand ourselves and be sure of who we are.
On a more positive, flip side of things, I think the man knows it will all come together pretty soon and I think he will be ready to experience and capture that moment of illumination and focus! This photo is certainly a "dark" one, but I am excited and inspired by it. All that the man is doing is waiting for the focus, waiting for the pieces to shatter and then arrange, waiting for the wall to crumble so that he can see the brighter world of beauty and light. And as he is waiting he suffers. But he continues to do so because he loves!
So keep on suffering and let your art flow with your life- keep documenting it all, especially if it is dark and depressing because there is real power in communicating this to people. Keep waiting for the feeling! When the feeling comes along capture it with your heart, your eyes and your shutter. Happy photographing!!! Andybro xxx

7:48 pm, May 19, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Excellent self-portrait, John. I do think it captures the mood you described. Regards, Brent

11:31 pm, May 20, 2006  

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