Food + Friends + Nature :: The Friends

Friends are one of those things that a lot of us take for granted.  It’s when we finally see those we haven’t seen in a long time that we realize how important they are to us.


In the last 10 years, I’ve moved around a lot, met a lot of people and made some great friends but I don’t get to see many of them very often.  In fact, there are some that I don’t see for years at a time.

Last month was a nice change for me because even though I was very busy with work I was able to see friends I hadn’t seen in several years, ran into friends I hadn’t been in contact with in a long time, made new friends and met the next generation of friends because lets face it, I’m at that age where my friends are having babies.  All of which I’m feeling very grateful for.  Why so nostalgic at the moment? I’m not really sure.

While looking back over the last few weeks and contemplating how nice it’s been to see so many people that mean something to me, I found this article: The 5 Types of Friends Everyone Should Have. Now this may not be the be-all-to-end-all list of friend types that we should all have, but I thought that it made a good point.  We really should all have:

  1. The friend who is always down for whatever.
  2. The friend slightly cooler than you.
  3. The friend you admire.
  4. The friend that doesn’t know any of your other friends.
  5. The friend whom you’ve known forever.

I probably have more of no. 4 than I would like- but I like that I have so much diversity and that they live all over the glove.  I also have several no. 5 which is always a comfort.

I know that I’ve moved away from my usual video analysis, but just for this week, I want to take the time to acknowledge all those people that I like to spend my time with and can only hope that I get to see them more over the summer months and beyond. Because really, what is life without the people we share it with?

Finding an “Original”

As a type of artist, I would always like to think that I’m original in everything that I do.  In reality, a lot of my work begins to looks the same.  I prefer to think of it as personal style.

Just as others do in any field, I like to look elsewhere for inspiration to keep my work from looking too homogeneous.  I believe that original works are created by combining various elements that we find elsewhere:

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Same goes with creating ourselves as people.

Admittedly, there are the rare individuals who come up with something so original that they generate a frenzy of followers- all attempting to mimic this novel approach to something. I’m thinking of someone like Leonardo DaVinci who inspired a completely new approach to painting.  However, we have come a long way from Leonardo’s “The Last Supper” and “Mona Lisa” and found other ways to inspire the masses (smart phones, electric cars, fast food, etc.).

So for October, I’m dedicating this month to the original things that people do.  Perhaps these ideas or approaches won’t take off like a Renaissance painter’s, but there are some pretty inspirational creations out there all the same.

Landscape :: Challenging the Photographer

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I don’t know about other photographers, but I’m often disappointed by my landscape photographs.  It’s not because of the settings on my camera or even the weather that is preventing me from having the light that I would love for that moment.  It is because I don’t feel that I can ever really capture the beauty of the view on my camera.  I am always disappointed because somehow it just does not do justice to what I am looking at.

Travel :: On the Map

I’m just going to say it.  I’m a nerd, I love books and there is nothing you can do to make me feel otherwise.  I like to peruse book stores, spend hours with my nose in a book, and get lost in the narrative.  I’m veering away from film for a day to talk about a book about maps.  Yeah, I said it, a book about maps.  Who woulda thought?

My best friend gave me this book for my birthday: On the Map: A mind expanding exploration of the way the world looks

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