This is a point in time, in my life, in my career where I am pondering about where to go next. As an educator of 40-years, I do feel the need now to explore other options but the leaving of the old and venturing at this stage of life into the new is extraordinarily challenging.
When I photograph animals, and I do apologize if images of zoo animals offend some, but they do exist in these settings whether we agree with this or not. I try to capture their beauty, grace, and if possible something deeper, something other. During my two-week spring break, I did a good deal of photographic learning. I finally get the hang of TK panels thanks to Sean Bagshaw's great tutorial. It was 49 videos of learning and really did take the entire vacation. Thirty-five notecards worth and a ton of practice. Yet, how long can one keep the methodology of anything in their head if they don't practice? The new can never become the old if you don't take time to practice.
So here is to old elephants whom I pray are happy, and that they are always being well-taken care of as I feel this one has been at the Attica Zoo outside of Athens. Here is to merging new and old in some type of harmony.