Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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28th Feb 2009, 15:43  

MaggieD says:

Well, I know I keep saying this, but this is another excellent series .... you must be a true professional by now ....

28th Feb 2009, 17:31

Wendle says:

I love them all. But especially 4&5. It all looks so much fun :)

28th Feb 2009, 17:38

Dhamaka says:

Wendle - thank you - come down to London and do a couple of taster lessons with me.... pretty please.....

Maggie - thank you!

In terms of the ability to use a camera, I've just taken a quick look back at this blog and it does appear that I've taken another step up that ladder but my guess is I'll go through another consolidation period now and several more similar iterations before I start being reasonably happy with my work.

I've never given much thought to what might make a 'pro-photographer' but have quite carefully worked out what success means in terms of my ultimate personal performance criteria - the ability to have people want to pay me to write and take photos of expeditions and adventures in places that enthuse me. While I'm not there yet I am excited at my progress and hope to take another big step towards that in the next couple of months.

28th Feb 2009, 17:57

MaggieD says:

Just a thought ... do you see yourself, given the professional level of your photography doing the photographs as well as the written article ... and where does this (if this is the case) leave the photographers that would usually accompany you ?

28th Feb 2009, 18:12

Dhamaka says:

Maggie - the sad fact is that after nearly 4 years of trying to find photographers (amateur or pro) to accompany me I've come to realise it's not going to happen. That's partly why I started taking the photography seriously in the first place.

Given the choice, I still work with Jeremy when I can but I've not found anyone else who is willing to share both risk and opportunity whilst also being reliable and able to fulfil commissions.

That said, I have found a writer who is willing and reliable and we have a great mutual commission in the summer where I'll be doing the images to accompany her words! I never imagined I'd be considered good enough to get that kind of commission and while I love writing I have to say that I'm really looking forward to swanning around as a photographer without the additional weight of having to switch ways of thinking to enable me to cover it in words as well.

28th Feb 2009, 18:33

Wendle says:

More enticing reasons to go to London! If it was anywhere a bit closer i would be there in a flash, i really would!

28th Feb 2009, 18:42

Dhamaka says:

just changed the last bit a little Maggie.

Wendle :(

Dance photo-journalism pays diddly Maggie - unless it's studio work or for advertising - It's not worth Jeremy's while (nor anyone else's) to accompany me. Often it's not worth my while to do photo-only assignments. If the mag only wanted a quarter page image the money would probably cover my direct expenses but not the associated time value of lost work.

Winning the Life Captured prize thing forced me to have a good think about what I want and where I'm going, but so far I see no reason to change. I love writing and I love taking photos. They're both forms of communication and I see myself as a communicator. Jeremy's moving out of photography and has just had his first book published (Through the Viewfinder) so now he only does travel specific stuff and whatever I get that we can do together (because it's fun, we're friends and enjoy working together). But I have no other answers

28th Feb 2009, 18:50

MaggieD says:

Deleted my last comment because it sounded confrontational (which is was not meant to be) ....

28th Feb 2009, 18:54

Dhamaka says:

didn't take it to be
you're asking me questions that have bothered me for ages. It'd be good if you rephrased it in a way you were comfortable with so others could see the question to which I responded

28th Feb 2009, 18:57

MaggieD says:

And hey, I didn't expect you to respond so quickly ...... and I do wish you all the best of luck (and as far as you are concerned talent takes the place of luck on all levels) ....

28th Feb 2009, 19:03

Dhamaka says:

I wish Maggie - there are loads of talented people out there, many better than me. It seems to me that this business is about talent, luck, timing and bl**dy hard slog - which is something that I should get back to doing or there'll have been no point in staying in tonight!

bye for now

28th Feb 2009, 19:08

Dhamaka says:

(Maggie asked if that also applied to my work in dance journalism)

1st Mar 2009, 08:44

Gaz Kaz says:

You make us look so good! I love you.
My favourite is the last one of J Le. You've really captured her unique mix of grace and happiness.

1st Mar 2009, 12:03

Dhamaka NLI says:

Thank you - but - it's a camera... what I mean is I can't shoot what isn't there although I can try to capture what I *see*..

and i like that last one too, but think people probably need to have met her to understand :)

1st Mar 2009, 12:13

jle says:

Are you both meaning to say it's because I am normally a dopey idiot that's why I look so silly?!

:P Just kidding

1st Mar 2009, 17:30

Dhamaka says:


1st Mar 2009, 21:42

JokerXL says:

Loving these B/W images D.

Trying to break into the world of (commercial) photography feels like bashing away at the castle walls with a toffee hammer and a pair of tweezers.
At least I've got the day-job (which, come to think of it, may be exactly the reason It's proving so tough)
chip, chip, chip

2nd Mar 2009, 08:57

Dhamaka says:

thank you Joker - great way to describe it, I may have to borrow it :)
and ... tell me about it...

4th Mar 2009, 20:59

itchymoblog says:

Lovely! They look like they're having so much fun :)

8th Mar 2009, 17:19

Dhamaka says:

I'm sure they are!

9th Mar 2009, 07:27