Friday, April 13, 2007
Today marks the first time I am participating in Photo Hunters. What this means is once a week I have to post one of my photos either new or old that represents a predetermined idea. I thought the challenge of having to produce something specific outside of what I would normally do with the camera would be good practice. Practice as a verb. This week is HOBBY. I made the picture on a misty morning of the front end of my canoe gliding along the quiet water as Bald Eagle Creek was about to become Foster Joesph Sayers Lake.
When I first thought about the idea of hobby I was thinking riding or photography. I had to look at the dictionary definition to make sure I understood the word. I often think I know what's what but in practice I don't. I thought I was a good rider when I started riding again and when I explored that idea in the MSF Basic RiderCourse it turned out I was wrong.
The definition of HOBBY says a pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in for relaxation.
Canoeing meets the criteria of the definition especially since it doesn't require any kind of frequency because I don't canoe every day. Or even every month. Riding and photography don't actually meet the definition. I do them so much that they are a regular part of my life. They are my occupation or as George Leonard would describe in his book Mastery they are a practice. Practice as a noun and not a verb. Practice being a journey or path.
And I don't engage in photography or riding for relaxation. Sure, there are plenty of times it does relax me but there are times when I have to push or struggle. I engage riding and photography because they are an important part of the journey.
Photography Project Update
I've continued to make photographs aside from the pictures of the Vespa you seen on Scooter in the Sticks. I haul the Mamiya 7 along and photograph the landscape as I ride or as I walk or drive. Here are the most recent results.
I've been commuting to work this past week a bit. The weather has not been the best and a few days I drove because I just didn't feel up to riding. I could have pushed but when I sense my body resisting I feel it's best to pass.
This picture was taken on one of the mornings it was raining. The Vespa GTS 250ie has a built in waterproof seat cover that's stored under the seat. It's a little slippery to sit on but it keeps the seat in good shape. The MotoFizz bag on back also has I nice waterproof cover too.
More snow is called for today even though it is sunny with clear blue skies right now. I could be out riding but first I need to go to the grocery store for one of those big shopping trips.