On Monday I had a few hours to kill in the Los Angeles airport.
I was on my way home from an intense weekend workshop with acclaimed photographer Sam Abell.
Sam’s photography seeks, in part, to resolve the chaos of every day life.
I took the time at the oh-so-chaotic LAX to put to work some of the lessons learned in his class.
I have never been taught photography so it was a bit nerve-wracking to be putting my work before a master for the first time.
But Sam is extraordinarily kind and encourages all students so I came away motivated to work harder at image making.
Now to put to practice the many things taught.
When I married the service included a reading of Robert Frost’s The Master Speed
No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the stream of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste,
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will,
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still —
Off any still or moving thing you say.
Two such as you with such a master speed
Cannot be parted nor be swept away
From one another once you are agreed
That life is only life forevermore
Together wing to wing and oar to oar.
One of the things that Sam Abell teaches in his classes is to compose the scene and wait/be ready for it to be animated by something that happens.
As Frost puts it “the power of standing still”.
Thank you to my life partner for the wing to wing gift of this workshop, it will always be with me.
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