Back when I first created Shane Alan Art Images and launched the website, I was told it would be a good idea to have a blog. For almost a year now, I’ve been telling myself, “you need to get on that blog thing.” When New Year’s rolled around, I was tempted to make it a resolution, but I’ve always believed you should never make a promise you aren’t prepared to keep, so I didn’t.
I didn’t feel prepared to keep it, because I’ve been trying to figure out what I should write about.
Photography seems like an obvious choice, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m trying to pass myself off as an expert. I think I take some good pics, but I learn something new almost every day. I know enough about photography to recognize that there is a lot I don’t know, so I’m not going to say I’m an expert. I am however willing to help others improve their knowledge of photography, so I will likely include, from time to time, some helpful information about the art of photography.
What else will I write about? That’s a great question. I’ve been trying to figure out what my “thing” is. What do I have to offer that other people might find interesting. That got me to thinking about the things I like.
I love photography. I can get lost in it for hours.
I love to read; again, with the getting lost.
I love food; cooking and eating it.
I love to travel; so long as the travel involves site seeing. Travel for work is not always fun.
I love cocktails. I like some wines, and some beers, but if it involves Whiskey or Rum, I'm sold.
I love music.
I’ve always had this habit of getting engrossed in things to the point of being annoying to others. I enjoy the little details of whatever I’m photographing, reading, eating, listening to, or standing in the middle of. I’m naturally very mindful of these little details (to the point where I forget what I'm supposed to be doing). Over the last few day, it occurred to me that mindfulness is "my thing”. I like to savor everything. I think most people would be much less stressed out and happier if they took more time to savor things. So, I will be sharing with you the things I savor. I hope you enjoy this and I look forward to your feedback. Thanks!
I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson