Sixty-Two

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I’m realizing that I’ve been doing what others call “social documentary” for several years now.  As a writer and photographer, I deliberately intend to capture the world’s intricacies, uniqueness, and challenges in order to raise awareness and promote more incisive perspective. My goal has always been to miss less than most and capture humanity in its truest, most unguarded forms.

Here’s my formula: impactful Social Documentary = insightful Social Psychology + applied Social Intelligence. To successfully document the real-world in real-time requires that the documenter have high-levels of both social intelligence, along with a better than basic understanding of social psychological principles simultaneously. This is necessary to skillfully navigate the complex landscape of societal interactions with all types of different people, in all types of differing social circumstances. This combination makes the daunting task of “seeing things” more clear and consistent.

The world is a beautiful place. Even that which is not so beautiful can serve a greater purpose: to help, to encourage, to offer insights, and to give hope to others. Get out there and “see” more of it, more often…

Stay tuned-in…


 

Forty-Six

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“I’m sort of a spy.”

This is how a recently discovered, but now-deceased nanny-turned-street-photographer described herself in a new documentary about her life. I loved this statement for the spirit and the sentiment behind it. It hit home for me. Like a lot of young boys coming-of-age in the heyday of the James Bond boom, I’d always semi-secretly wished that I’d grow up to be a spy someday. Well, that never really materialized for me, or did it?

In some ways, my work today from my photography to my philosophies and speaking is actually very spy-like (or at least I like to think so). I enjoy inconspicuously peering into the complex phenomenon of human psychology and behavior, and gaining new perspectives from my perceptions. I call it “seeing things” and it’s truly this core principle that brings me the greatest joy and feelings of contribution. Sometimes, the details around getting it all out there are challenging, but the effort is worth it in the long run. It has to be, or I’d have stopped a long, long time ago. And if you can’t tell, I’m not stopping…

Stay tuned-in…


 

Forty

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In addition to writing and speaking professionally, I’ve been working as a professional photographer for several years now. I love the centeredness and serenity that photography has unexpectedly provided me over the years.

But, my photography is evolving. Not because I want it to necessarily, but because it has to, and it should. I get weary of shooting the same kinds of things over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, I love the work I’ve done thus far, but that’s just it… it’s thus far. I want, and need to undertake new challenges. I’m ready for the next chapter of my journey “seeing things” literally and figuratively.

I intend to use my photography skills in new and innovative ways; ways that mean something to me first and foremost, and then hopefully others as well. I plan to pursue ideas, avenues, and projects that aren’t necessarily mainstream or commonplace. No wedding shoots for me (kill me…lol). I’m planning to undertake even more social documentary-style photography that has an investigative-journalistic and human-interest slant to it. What this means exactly isn’t exactly meant to be known just yet. If this is of interest to you, or someone you know, please share and…

Stay tuned-in…