Friday’s Photo: Checking out to “make photos”

This past week has been rough. The young singer gunned down in cold blood, the horrific mass shooting, the little boy dragged off by an alligator, it was just one nightmare report after another. Add in all the hate filled rhetoric on the news and on social media and I felt like I was at the breaking point. I was unfocused, had difficulty sleeping and started to obsess over the future of our country and the future leaders of it.

When I get really stressed the one thing that calms and soothes me is getting to the ocean. Nothing fills me with peace, love and joy more than the water. I love the mountains too but the ocean is my deepest love.

Rockport MA

Rockport MA Linda Holt Photo

The timing therefore could not be better because next week I will be staying on the coast in northern Maine immersed in a week long photography class at the Maine Media Workshop.  I had originally taken a photography class there 34 years ago this Summer. I think it was either the first or second year they were open and it was one of the highlights of my photography schooling. I studied with a very famous (at the time) fashion photographer. I remember being absolutely star struck because he worked for Vogue and other top fashion magazines and was friends with all the super models of the day. I was young, impressionable and thought he was the coolest guy on the planet. I mimicked everything he did and wanted my photos to look just like his.

Sunday I return 34 years later a completely different person. I am not looking to copy another Photographer’s style. Instead I plan to dig deep and discover (or rediscover) the artist in me. The pretty photos that I post on Facebook and Instagram are fine but I want to express myself deeper.

Back in the 80’s when I was in photography school I had a teacher who was passionate that his students never photograph flowers, sunsets, puppies, or any image that he deemed “pretty”. God forbid if you did, because in front of the entire class he would dramatically rip up your photos and dump all your hard work onto the floor. He would bellow “any idiot with a camera can shoot a pretty picture. An amateur “takes a photo” and a professional “makes” a photo. I was so brain washed (and traumatized) by him that to this day I can’t shoot a sunset or a flower without hearing him shouting his outrage in my mind.

So next week I am going to spend a week “making photos”. I am also checking out of all social media. I need to clear my head, take a break from the upsetting news and just enjoy being with other like minded art loving individuals. I will continue to post “pretty” pictures (northern Maine is seriously beautiful) but you may also start to see something different…stay tuned!

Have a wonderful week everyone and I will reconnect in a week or so.

10 Responses to Friday’s Photo: Checking out to “make photos”
  1. Allyson Paris Reply

    Sounds like a great idea, recharging while doing what you love. I’ve been enjoying your view of the world’s beauty in your photos and look forward to whatever is next. Have fun!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Allyson. It will be interesting for me too to see where I land with my images.

  2. Susan Siefer Reply

    I cannot wait to see what transpires my talented friend. Northern Maine, immersed in art, surrounded by other talented photographers – living the dream!!! Have a wonderful week. 👍❤️

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Susan. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. i hope I can find my inner artist in a week!

  3. Mira Furyh Reply

    Thank you for this moving blog and a glimps into your soul. I am so honored to count you as a friend. Enjoy your week!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Mira. You have always been one of the biggest cheer leaders of my photos and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  4. Angela Taylor Reply

    Thank you for opening your heart Linda. I always look forward reading your blogs because they leave me feeling hopeful. You have a lovely spirit about you as well as an amazing talent. Enjoy your time in Maine. Looking forward to reading your next blog.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Angela that is such a nice comment. You made my day! Thanks you and have a good week and weekend!

  5. Sheila Reply

    Linda,
    I love that you want to dig deeper and find your true self. Like you, I am sensitive to people and things around me. I find solace in the ocean. Someone once told me that I needed “cleanse the world” from my soul on a regular basis by taking a dip in the ocean.
    Life after cancer is pivotal. Suddenly life is more intense and we are on a mission to find our purpose! So glad you are sharing this with us, as you ‘think out loud.’ I look forward to hearing more about the workshop, Maine and what you have discovered about yourself 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Sheila. Growing up my father used to say “the ocean cures everything”. If you were sick,sad, bored,stressed, no matter what your problem was that was his suggestion to make everything better. I always thought it was so silly because we did not live near the ocean. I finally know now how wise his words were.

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