Loss of One’s Mind

I have this urge to keep using all of my cameras and lenses less they might go bad, or I’ll forget how to use them.  Neither premise is logical, but what is anymore.

My main desire is to use the least of my gear to make a story or photo series about something.  I would like to find more ideas of what I might do that could utilize my time and research abilities as well as my photographic vision.

Since I am more driven by the image and I tend to start with an image and then follow though on what it makes me think about, I walked around the house this morning capturing whatever caught my attention while wondering if any images would generate any ideas.  I was using the Ricoh WG-60 and was also curious whether its image quality and capabilities would influence what I photographed while I just captured everyday common sights while living through this period of isolation.

The image is a scene near the front door.  A mask is hanging on the closet door to be readily grabbed if we ever needed to answer the doorbell and speak to anybody after opening the door.  That probably hasn’t happened more than three times in the last three months.  My first thought when I looked at the image on my computer was wondering if it would be better to show it in a flattened B&W rendition or the out-of-camera original jpeg color rendition. 

The next thought I had was, I wonder how many of us are slowly losing our minds while in isolation?  Would we recognize that we were losing our minds?  Could someone who might be losing their mind write about it?  How would a logical person measure the loss of one’s mind, let alone one who isn’t logical or knowledgeable about their own loss?

3 comments

  1. lrevi@pa.net

    Have you ever considered asking permission to follow one of the workers here at Homewood through the day to photo a day in the life of our caregivers ? Perspective [mai lto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Sunday, June 7, 2020 11:10 AM To: lrevi@pa.net Subject: [New post] Loss of One’s Mind

    John Holmes posted: ” I have this urge to keep using all of my cameras and lenses less they might go bad, or I’ll forget how to use them. Neither premise is logical, but what is anymore. My main desire is to use the least of my gear to make a story or photo series about some”

  2. Jean Alwine

    John, I really love your pictures. There are a multitude of things on this campus to “shoot”. New flowers every day….new door decorations every day, new calves every day!!!!!! Keep them coming. I wish you could come into the apartments. I have a strawberry display table out right now and will probably change it soon. Jean

    • John Holmes

      My problem is that I have been photographing those same things year after year for over 8 years and I’m tired of those subjects. I’m ready to move on to something else.

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