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I want to be a photojournalist some day. - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist — LiveJournal
I want to be a photojournalist some day.
I dislike that I can only speak thoughtfully about my job any more. At least, when I try to discuss anything recently, I get a barrage of information from the other person telling me I'm wrong. That's fine, I don't know much about politics or religion. I just don't think my considerations are any less valid because I can't relate it to voting patterns in various districts a state over.

I finished my first 50 miles earlier this week. I hit 51.5 miles and subsequently lost motivation, possibly because I think I don't deserve to reward myself, nor should I given recent changes to my finances. I haven't run since Sunday.

Haven't taken any photos in weeks. Winter is starting but sluggishly.


I worship at the altar of Magnum Photography. They did a few fantastic picture posts from the election these last few days, like this one with couples and election results.

I found this photo endearing, saddening, and then.. um.. funny.

Election photography roundup, Magnum style.
Obama celebrations.
You should see this map [NY Times, flash]. Click on "Voting Shifts" on the left side. Look at the blue shift since 2004. Sure, it matters less in states like Utah, but it's really interesting to see.

Current Mood: melancholy melancholy

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nidea From: nidea Date: November 6th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Think about non-financial rewards for yourself.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Such as?
nidea From: nidea Date: November 6th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I got these from an online list of "free funny things to do" but I'm sure you know things you really like to do but have put off. Mostly it will have to do with quality time, rather than an expensive item. Think about how you've spent your time and how you'd really like to spend it.

Meanwhile these are at least amusing.

# Cut out photos and paste them on Popsicle sticks and have a puppet show.
# Spin until you're dizzy.
# Dress in something silly and laugh at yourself.
# Learn to peel a banana with your feet.
# Turn on the T.V., put it on mute and make up dialogue.
# Go dumpster diving and see what you can find.
# Make faces at strangers to make them laugh.
# Walk around a public park, every so often pretend to trip on a 'invisible' wire.
# Sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
# Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.
# When someone says, "Have a nice day," tell them you have other plans.
# Make up a language and stop someone to ask for directions.
# Write a short story using alphabet soup.
lerite From: lerite Date: November 6th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, Magnum linked to no caption needed. Sweet! I actually read that blog (because of who writes part of it).
abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who writes part of it?
alyska From: alyska Date: November 6th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
want to go out photographing sometime soon?

i'm out of town this weekend, but here the next. and my weeknights are vaguely open for the next week or two, aside from classes mon and weds nights.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
What would you say to driving to Milwaukee for a day one weekend? We could split gas and parking as needed so it would be much cheaper. I've wanted to do that for a while.
alyska From: alyska Date: November 6th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

any place in particular that you'd like to photograph?

i've got a number of friends in MKE that could give suggestions if'n we need them.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea. i like going where the people are.
alyska From: alyska Date: November 6th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
and i like abandoned buildings.

say, do cemeteries count? they're FULL of people.
antarcticlust From: antarcticlust Date: November 6th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wanted to be a photojournalist for a really long time - inspired in part by my love of National Geographic and my enjoyment of movies like The Killing Fields and books like </i>Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War</i>. Magnum has some incredibly amazing photography - they publish wonderful anthologies, too.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 6th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want a Palin Power shirt!

I bet I could get 10 for a dollar now.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 7th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Reward yourself! No guilt necessary.

You didn't tell me you'd reached 50!! Congratulations!

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