It was a lovely cool, overcast day with light rain this morning. Since I had a few errands to run, I took advantage of being out in the car to practice photographing from it with the X-Pro2 hanging from a neck strap with the 35mm F2 lens. I made the strap just long enough to keep the weight off of my neck by letting the camera set on my leg. That worked well since I could easily pick up the camera with my right hand when the vehicle was stopped and then quickly drop it to my leg when moving without putting any load on my neck. The images are just a few I made for practice.
While deciding which books on my shelves were no longer of value to me, I picked up this one by Leonard Koren to reread. It is a small book about the origins of Wabi-Sabi and makes an attempt to translate the Japanese concept into current context for us English speakers. I might have more to say about the book later after I finish it, but for now I’m wondering why most photographers use B&W for their pictures relating to Wabi-Sabi, Zen, simplicity, minimalism, etc. Julie Powell is one of the few photographers who embraces color for Wabi-Sabi. Most other photographers who lean toward Zen photography, like A. B. Watson, use B&W.
Just thought I would use this image to remind you that soon all of the flowers will be gone and I’ll be reduced to photographing leaves, but at least that also means that it will be getting cooler. We just have to hang-in-there until the cooler weather arrives.
Just a note for those who remember that I have been a user of the Microsoft Office products for a long time and still used them after I switched to Apple devices. In my desire to simplify and pare down all of my “stuff,” I decided that there was no need to keep paying for my Microsoft Office subscription when I had the free Apple software. I have also cleared up some memory on my devices by shedding the Microsoft programs. The Apple programs might not be as complex and capable but that is a plus. Why should I be paying for Microsoft software capabilities that I don’t use.
I will eventually get around to also looking at my photography software. I have been using Adobe Lightroom for a long time, but it is also a subscription service with capabilities that I don’t need and have never used. Finding a suitable less expensive, smaller program for processing my images won’t be as easy, but hopefully I will find one.
When I moved here back in 2011, I disposed of most of my tools thinking that I wouldn’t be needing them anymore, and I was right, I haven’t. I have the opposite problem. I still brought stuff that I haven’t needed. I’m now in the process of slowly, a little at a time, going through everything I own and trying to dispose of everything I haven’t used or needed in the past eight years. I figure that is a good indicator that I also won’t need them in the future.
It is a painful process, in letting go, renewing old memories forgotten, and finding ways for disposing the unneeded stuff. Most of my fellow residents don’t understand why I want to get rid of stuff since I have plenty of room for it. I guess that they feel that maybe it will be of use, or that family will want it, and that the family can dispose of the rest someday. I disagree. I think it is better to find a home for the stuff that is more likely to be used now, but not in the future, and that disposing of my junk shouldn’t be someone else’s problem.
Some of my more useful tools, etc. have been accepted by the maintenance staff. Some goes to thrift stores, and some goes to trash. Books are an example of things no one seems to want. Most people who read these days use electronic books of one brand or another. We have a library here, but they have strict rules as to what they will accept for their shelves. Even our recycling bins are closed to hard back books, though the township recycling center will take them if you deliver them. Some of the thrift stores still accept them, but I don’t know what they do with them since there isn’t much of a market for most books.
As I have gotten older, I realize now that most people consume way too much, buy stuff that they really don’t need, waste too much money on it, and then fill up the trash heaps with all of that unneeded stuff. Where will the future generations put all of this stuff after the trash centers are full and overflowing? Recycling isn’t working. The only solution is to not buy it in the first place.