New year’s revolutions:
- Keep writing.
- Take more pictures of people.
- Develop my collection of Peeps.
- Share my pictures more.
- Avoid GAS – I already have more cameras and lenses than fit into a single bag I could carry.
- Get my older negatives and slides organised and catalogued.
- Get the Kiev fixed (don’t ask).
- Sell off the stuff I don’t use.
- Vegetables for all (world peas).
- Make more mistakes, so I can learn.
More to the point, what are the things I intend to not do?
- Give up.
- Eat creme caramel.
- Wear flares.
- Stop trying to find a hat I look good in. It may be a Trumpian double negative, but as they often say round these parts “Ee, tha looks a bugger in that’at”.
- Break cameras.
But good intentions run the risk of dieting. Once you set a target to achieve, that becomes the end point. As soon as you get to the mark, you stop doing the things that got you there. Better to adopt a process, as you concentrate on doing something differently and achieve the target as a by-product.
So, my new processes: each time I think of taking a picture I need to ask myself if I will care about the image in ten years. The more I dig out older pictures of people from my files, the more I will think about the value of people over places and things. Each time I see a bargain camera or lens on eBay I will ask myself if it adds anything to what I can do.
So that’s the new, people-friendly me for 2019.
Come back this time next year to see how it turned out.