I was reminded of the Bruce Lee quote ‘Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water if you put water in the cup it becomes the cup and water can flow or it can crash’ last week. I was in California and had expectations of what I was going to photograph. I believe that it was Ansel Adams spoke about previsualization, having a sense of what the image is going to be before you make the exposure. I think that Ansel was probably previsualizing as he stood in front of what he was going to photograph. I on the other hand was guilty of previsualizing from thousands of miles away.
As I stood looking at the pounding surf, 3 feet above a normal low tide, that hid the rocks that I had imagined photographing for the previous 2 years it would have been a natural reaction to be frustrated. I’m not sure why I wasn’t but I just let it go, enjoyed the magnificence of the fury of the Pacific Ocean, and then moved on to photograph other things. I don’t think that anticipating and being prepared to get a specific shot is a bad thing but it is bad not to be flexible enough to recognize other opportunities that come your way. While they might not be what you’d prepared for they could be equally, or more, enjoyable.
4 Replies to “Be Water My Friend”
You had me at Bruce Lee!! He was very underrated as a philosopher. I enjoyed the tie in to photography, we have all had those days when the situation was not what we had expected/hoped for. Awesome post!
Glad you enjoyed the clip. Bruce Lee is great – the full interview is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MseMobwg_mo
I heartily agree. I’ve found it very fulfilling to just explore and be open to possibilities.
You have to – easier sometimes that others though!
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