Recently my wife and I made a trip to Wisconsin and Michigan as one of our first trips together since her retirement that was for relaxation, exploring and, of course, a little photography. In Wisconsin we visited with parts of her family that she grew up with when spending summers in Three Lakes. In Michigan we attended a reunion that turned out to be more than we could have imagined (illuminations to come in later blog posts).
For me this was an adventure with some trepidation as I was going to be doing my photography in areas that were very unfamiliar and I would not have the "fall back" of familiar locations or rural and lake scenes as a guide. With various maps and directions I was sure that getting lost on unfamiliar roads was going to be the sum total of my experience. What I found, however, was that friends and family would become a "force" in helping me to find the scenes I wanted to capture. Whether it was maps, drive by, directional help or simply food and lodging all was graciously provided.
The blog image is a result of a ride with cousin Steve and his family to the region of Thunder Lake. The next moring at 4:30 I was up, out and, after a short drive, greeted with a marvelous foggy sunrise of a marsh area near the lake. Even better I found my way back home. From this point on in our travels I realized that friends and family would become an important structure to my creative journey. It's not that I'm unaware of the "supporting cast" involved in my quest in photography, but sometimes I need to revisit the importance of everyone that I meet in my life and how a simple suggestion or direction can impact results.
I have had this discussion before on this site as it refers to teachers and parents, but gallery directors, students, customers, friends and family all are a part of the fabric that we call creativity. The "genius" that others assume, is the result of much more than a few books, workshops and outings with a camera. There is also a weaving of encouragement and good faith that helps the forward progress.
To everyone a big thank you, especially to my wife and family, for the direction, consideration and positive feedback and support. I learn so much from the touch of others and I also learned that fear melts away when a good foggy sunrise is in the view finder.
Thanks for visiting this site.
For more views of my work visit;
A Piece Of Work, Spirit Lake, Iowa http://www.apieceofworkinc.com/
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Side Street Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa www.okobojiimages.com