Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pic of the Week - Embracing Mediocrity

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I've been taking an introductory photography class.  The last class is tonight, and I have to say I am sad about it!  I have really enjoyed learning something new, and more than that, having a place to go where I can talk to adults and space out if I want to.  Despite class ending, I am thinking I want to make photography my new "hobby."  You know, where I tote a big camera around parks on the weekends and start taking pictures of inanimate objects instead of just my kids.

But there's a problem. 

I'm really not that good at it.

For a while, I thought it was something I could learn to be good at.  It's all technical right?  But the more I learn, the more I am realizing it is more of an art than a science.  And artistic talent is NOT something I've been blessed with.  Not at all.

This past weekend, our class took a field trip to Union Station and then walked around the Capitol area.  We were sent off to take original, artsy photos, and I was at a loss.  I am completely lacking in creativity!  Angles, leading lines, unique perspective - it's all lost on me.  But, I had lots of fun anyway.  And here's one of my mediocre artistic attempts:

Where the magic happens, people. 
I have decided that I don't necessarily need to be good at something to make it my hobby, as long as I enjoy it right?

In fact, mediocrity is a relief.  Who needs all that pressure from a hobby?


  1. I had the same problem--I need to turn in five perfectly exposed pics for my class tonight! But it's really hard to shoot things when you have no inspiration (at least in my experience) and so I have 500 shots of a birdbath in a neighbor's yard and then 100 more of my kid, from various "artsy" angles.

    You just need to find something that inspires you! But FWIW, I like your pic.

  2. Cath, thanks so much! You're right - I have to admit I'm not that inspired by the Capitol Building. :)

    Where are you taking your photography class, and how long does it run? Mine was at the Washington School of Photography, but it was only 4 sessions.

  3. From your somewhat artsy mother-in-law, I think that picture is GREAT!

  4. From a Penn law grad, biglaw partner and mom of 2-that's why I keep knitting. It's good for people like us to do things that challenge our perfectionism. Besides, what is the perfect picture? The perfect brief? The perfect mom? The perfect kid? Does not exist.

  5. Shan--I'm taking it at the Torpedo Factory. It's a nine week class and great so far! I learned there is a LIGHT METER inside my camera so I don't have to guess at exposure. That in itself was worth the price of admission.

  6. I like this picture. I think it's creative and interesting, but that's just me.

  7. I think it's an oxymoron and a very clever political commentary you have created. Life and hope juxtaposed against the stagnant stuck energy at the Capital.


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