Greenland

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Off to Greenland for a week or so. Sitting in CDG airport with nothing to do but surf the net. Although I have just started reading Minamata by W.Eugene Smith (and his wife). It’s a powerful but sad story about about how a corporation of morally bankrupt greedy bastards, both government and business interests combined to cover up the truth about how the company (Chisso) poisoned a city in Japan by dumping mercury into the sea, which was the source of food for an entire community.
Traveling here this morning was interesting, train stations and airports must be some of the best places to observe. People. Either one would make interesting material for the next assignment for P&P, people interacting with place. Also on a busy commuter train in Paris this morning and watched as people around me asserted their personal space while trying not to have any eye contact with the person next to them.
I am primarily going to Greenland for the landscape and Icebergs but while I have two DSLR’s and a few lens weighing me down in my hand luggage I also brought my Leica and a couple of lens and rolls of film too and I hope to look around the towns and photograph the people too. I figure I will get a better response with the smaller camera.

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HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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