2009 has started out as a tough year for me personally, as well as a tough one for the world’s economies.
Late December and January was dominated by hassles with an unreasonable web design client who we have now let going. Wanting the world but wanted it at an unreasonably low price, we were better off without him. Yet in the period of dealing with it he distracted us from dealing as well as we would like with our largely reasonable clients.
Dealing with, and then recovering from, a hacking attack on our main site, DIMi, dominated February. In the end it turned out to be useful as it pushed us to make some changes we had been considering for some time. But it was painful and distracting and a lot of other work that was to be done in February got pushed back.
The most recent issue, and I hope the last, happened last week when my brother-in-law killed himself with no warning. The death of someone so young is tragic. This type of death is even more so. I can’t believe how depressed he must have been to have done such a thing, and yet hid it so well. As you can imagine, the family ramifications are huge.
Now I am not telling you the above for sympathy or whatever, but to illustrate a point. Doing photography was a key part in getting me through the December through February events. It has been too soon for the last but I hope to get out this week and do a lot of the photography I find so personally soothing, landscape. I have my favorite places where the energy of the place is harmonious with mine and where I can readily ‘get into the zone’, loose time and just shoot. For me, at present, that is central Victoria, where there is something mystical about the curves of the land, the trees, fields and big skies that is resonating with me.
One way artists have often dealt with pain is by channeling it into their creativity, pouring it out onto the canvas or working it into a sculpture, in the process converting the pain into something positive. Photography can do the same and I recommend that those of you similarly passionate about photography remember this when life throws troubles at you.
Stay sane and create.