Slowing down and Learning to see with less chaos, less distraction and still tell a story.

My life can be overwhelmingly busy most of the time.  At least that has been the case up until recently when a big change happened and life slowed down, somewhat.  My youngest daughter graduated high school and moved on to University.

Chair Lift  -  Leica D Lux Typ 109  (1/500s @f8 ISO200)
Chair Lift – Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/500s @f8 ISO200)

The empty nester syndrome came on suddenly and I wasn’t quite prepared for the evolution into the next chapter.

Photography has been my favorite pastime for many years and as I look back through my catalog of images I can see that I’ve spent my time behind the lens shooting what my life looked like in front of the lens.  Busy.  Family vacations, camp trips, gatherings of friends, soccer games, birthday parties and the list goes on.

Quiet time is something that has eluded me for many years.  Uncluttered, less busy, and not so chaotic are things I’ve been hoping to explore but could never really find the time.  Even if I could I wasn’t sure how to live it, let alone how to see it or if I would recognize it if I saw it.

Kamikaze.  Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/800s @f/8 ISO200)
Kamikaze. Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/800s @f/8 ISO200)

Now that I have a bit more time on my hands I wanted to turn my attention to what that might look like as I peer through the lens of my camera.

Classic Wooden Coaster est. 1935  -  Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/640s @ f8 ISO200)
Classic Wooden Coaster est. 1935 – Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/640s @ f8 ISO200)

So keeping that thought in my mind and in my heart I would take my camera to one of the busiest and most chaotic places I could find where there would be lots of people, lots of activity, bright lights and see if I could find a way to bring the visual noise down and reduce the chaos through my lens.  To see if I could find a quiet place in the midst of a lot of noise.

The Washington State Fair in Puyallup is nearing the end of its run and what a better place to go and NOT find quiet or peace.  So armed with my Leica D Lux Typ 109 and a spare card and battery off I went to see how I might shoot the State Fair with a new mindset a new intention.

The Swing  -  Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/640s @ f8 ISO200)
The Swing – Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/640s @ f8 ISO200)

While I have no expectations of life slowing down around me, I want to see, through my lens, if I can find a new way of photographing the life I see around me.  A way that more resembles the life I feel.  A little more quiet, a little less cluttered, a little less chaotic.  Simpler, easier and still fun with a story to tell.

Coaster Tracks Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/1000s @ f8 ISO200)
Coaster Tracks Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/1000s @ f8 ISO200)
Crazy Ride I would never get on.  Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/1000s @ f8 ISO200)
Crazy Ride I would never get on. Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/1000s @ f8 ISO200)
Midway Ride.  Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/1000s f8 ISO200)
Midway Ride. Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/1000s f8 ISO200)

The final take away for me is that I’m entering into a new era, a new chapter.  Life has changed around me and how I see the world through my view finder will likely change as well.  I’m not sure how it will change or in all the ways it will, but I feel fairly confident that it has already.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it continues to evolve.

Lone tree perched above Canon Beach, Oregon.  Leica D Lux Typ 109  (1/800s @f8 ISO200)
Lone tree perched above Canon Beach, Oregon. Leica D Lux Typ 109 (1/800s @f8 ISO200)

Tom


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