Filled With Almosts
Living an imperfect life in an imperfect world where perfection is the mantra for so many and imperfection is the reality for everyone.
If you’ve ever watched skateboarders learning new tricks you can appreciate the search for perfection.
A skatepark becomes a microcosm of the grand pursuit spinning and twisting attempting to defy gravity, to master the perfect trick.
I’ve watched skaters spend an hour working on a single flip where failure often results in hard contact with concrete. Still, their resilience to perfect their technique despite scrapes, scratches, and possibly even worse injuries pushes them to endure the pain.
It isn’t about achieving a flawless routine; it’s about pushing limits, embracing the falls, and rising again. In this pursuit, skaters are united, not by the tricks they landed, but by the countless times they got back up, unfazed by imperfections.
I make a lot of photos that don’t amount to much. Except they teach me what doesn’t work. What didn’t work. What may never work again. What needs work.
Digital photography makes it easier to recognize the imperfections. After the capital cost, the cost of cameras, lenses, batteries, and SD cards, there isn’t any additional cost to create. The only expenditure is energy working toward perfecting the moment.
Not the perfect moment but one that you’ve never reached before and have been willing to work at getting as close to perfection as possible.
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