Oh, what terrible neglect I’ve been showing you! So sorry! When people said that I was going to be busy with school I thought, “well, it can’t be worse than what I was doing before”. When my advisor told me that taking six classes and working on top of that was going to be a lot to manage, I thought, “I’ve done it before, how hard can it be?” Hard. Real hard. I’ve had only blinks of sleep over the past few weeks and have been constantly working on things — papers, photos, sculptures, videos, readings, discussion posts, essays. You name it, I’ve done a million things over the last month, and it’s been crazy!
Still, even with all the craziness, I’m happy. When things start to get a little hectic and overwhelming, I just have to remind myself of all the things I would have been doing had I not left my previous job. My friend, and fellow escapee, have a saying when we’re complaining over something that’s not worth complaining over: “at least it’s not (enter former employer name here)!” And with that thought, I’m not only back on track, but I’m snickering to myself as if I’m getting away with something.
…and it’s great.
So with that, let’s get on topic, shall we?
“Leading Lines” is the theme for….well, was the theme for a few weeks ago. Thankfully, I had the foresight to check the outline of what all the weekly topics were. Though I didn’t get a chance to think of or work with any conceptual ideas, I did do something that’s a little out of the ordinary for me. I tried to just snap some photos of “everyday lines” as I saw them throughout my daily routines. Even though I’m in an art school, and am surrounded by artists every day, it’s still a little weird just pulling out my camera and taking pictures of whatever random person or thing I see that’s interesting. I need to get over it, I know, I’m trying. I also need to have my camera on me pretty much at all times; some of these were taken with my phone, simply because of that. So as I went though my days over the past few weeks, I tried to keep my eyes peeled for interesting lines.
I think I did a fair job of seeking out lines, considering the fact that I barely had a chance to breathe. I’m happy with the fact that I was able to have this thought in mind (for much longer than I should have), and just saw things that would apply without directly searching for them. I suppose walking around in new places and doing new things certainly helped in this — I’m much more analytical of new places than of familiar ones when I’m thinking of photographic ideas. On the other hand, I did snap a shot or two at home that applied to this theme, so that’s another positive. Trying new things, and evaluating old ones to see them from a different perspective. So enjoy the photos!