12.05.2013

A life in balance.


It's important to balance work and play. Especially when your work is play. The relentless people in life are painful to be around and the lazy ones are worse. Business and pleasure should be like two sides of a sinusoidal wavelength on a graph. A symmetrical balance of achievement and fun. Too much of one dulls the senses. Too much of the other dulls the thrill.

We shoot for fun. We shoot for business. And then we do other stuff like read books and take naps. Swim and go out for lunches. Too much of anything affects the balance. Too many obligations affect the balance. Not enough fun is just as bad.

So, when I think about photography I wonder how to maintain the balance and resist the temptation to overindulge. How much gear is too much and how much is too little. How long to hang on to tradition and when is it time to create new traditions.  A life in balance is smoother, easier, more efficient and more effective. I think it's a more comfortable way to live.  A life in the arts should alway have room for something mundane and necessary to balance out those feelings of intensity that come bundled with creativity. For every super model shoot done with priceless cameras there should be a balance of rinsing the dinner dishes and doing the taxes. One side is fun while the other side keeps everything in the right perspective.

And don't forget to make mistakes now and then. They can lead you in very interesting directions. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said! Couldn't agree more.

Ananda Sim said...

And don't be afraid to post a non pro quality, not so well lit shot when you let your hair down, regardless of trolls. Trolls will always be there, your balance and sanity may not be.

Wally said...

I live in Harris Branch. Come over and rake some leaves. Then go back to the muses

John Kupersmith said...

"Fun I love but too much Fun is of all things the most loathsom. Mirth is better than Fun & Happiness is better than Mirth--I feel that a Man may be happy in This World. And I know that This World Is a World of Imagination & Vision." -- William Blake, 1799.

Doug said...

Kirk: It's "affects" and "affect." Just figured you'd want to know. Love your site and read it daily.

Kirk Tuck said...

Doug, Thanks. Corrected in text. Love making mistakes, helps me re-learn better.

Doug said...

Kirk, that's one of the benefits of getting older. You look back and see how often your mistakes led to learning. Now, if you'll just correct the other "effect" in the very next sentence you will have experienced re-learning Nirvana. LOL!