An update about nothing

It’s strange.

I’ve sat down a number of times the last couple of weeks to write something about my last three months. But every time I have erased the post before publishing it. I don’t know why really. The whole experience has had a profound impact on me and now that spring is here in Australia and the wedding season is taking off again, I bring that with me.

I just can’t put my finger on what exactly happened and what it is that I’m taking with me.

It was more than a trip, more than a chain of cities and places, more than the people I met. It has lifted me and I’m still trying to find a way to articulate what it was all about. As I publish some of the work from these three months, I’m sure things will become clearer, even for me. Sometimes I actually have to sit down and gather my thoughts and I find that writing about it always helps me. Writing has always given me a strange focus, words pour out on the paper and when I’m done, I’m almost always surprised. Both writing and photography work the same way for me, it’s a very subconscious craft. I don’t think much (read: at all) when I write or take photos. I just…write or…shoot. More often than not I’m surprised with the outcome. The results are always more focused and succinct than I am.

I said I’d write more, so I am. Damnit, I am.

I’ve started working on some personal projects, I’m shooting more editorial work and I’m sitting down to evaluate the three workshops/seminars I did this summer in Europe and the US.

There’s stuff happening.

Plans are being drawn up in the basement of my brain.

I’ll tell you more about it soon.

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  1. Well said- I always think the best and most creative photography and writing comes from a subconsious, instinctive place- some call it the superconscious mind… thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  2. Jonas, still loving & in awe of all that you do! Though you really shouldn’t be too hard on yourself when it comes to ‘writing more’ or ‘blogging more’ etc – there’s only so much you can do with what little time is left after spreading it over work/family/people/spirituality. Write for you, not us :-)

  3. “. I don’t think much when I write or take photos. I just…write or…shoot. More often than not I’m surprised with the outcome. The results are always more focused and succinct than I am.” So true. And succinct.

  4. You’re one of the reasons why I enjoy photography so much (and the direction I have found myself heading towards). You’re such an avid writer and the sharing of your thoughts has gifted me with much learning.

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