These days, my patience is being tested as never before. As I sit waiting for answers from some clients, I struggle to keep myself feeling productive and trying to remain balanced. The problem is, of course, that sometimes we tend to resist the natural flow of things. When it comes to that... I am the undisputed champion in my weight class.
When making this photograph, I had been having one of the most highly frustrating shooting days. So I decided to take whatever I could of the situation into my own hands. This meant playing hunter.
I looked at what tools I had at hand. The first, lessons from the past. I thought of what my old boss, Burt Glinn famously said about the truth and essence of things. After finding a spot with potential, I waited not so patiently for a long while until I could feel the cloud that had made me blind dissipate. Soon, I felt better and relaxed a bit.
Many images result from an incredible lining-up of cosmic elements and being ready for it, but this one actually came out of the method of practicing patience and identifying the essence of the theme I was working on: Bike Week in Daytona Beach. Beyond geographic and cultural specifics, to me this was about virtue and wickedness. A little bit of that, and a basic understanding of relationships and contradictions and...Snap!
If I could more easily identify the essence of my current situation, perhaps I might just find patience. Or is it the other way around? Maybe I'll start by identifying the tools at hand.