Chasing Perfection

(End of the month blogging commentary. List of previous posts here.)

I am a writer not a photographer.

I knew that I would never be a capital-p Photographer, even if I ever figured out what all the buttons on my camera were for. I lack a true graphic eye. Oh, my graphic sense isn’t horrid. At least, it’s not as bad as my musical ability, which is non-existent. I enjoy graphic design and appreciate the good stuff. But, since the late 80s I have known I was a mere dabbler.

Life lesson moment. While at a newspaper job, I had to design an in-house ad. This was early in desk-top publishing (we still called it that) and most of us had just moved off of typewriters. Suddenly we had lots of fonts to play with. Too many. I mocked up a whiz-bang ad, with all manner of bells and whistles. Then, I took it to the basement where we kept the graphic folks. My artistically endowed co-worker [example of his artwork here] took out most of the fonts, added white space, and rearranged the text. Without changing a single word, he completely revamped the ad. Staring his screen, I knew then I would never reach that level.

Still. I was taking photos for the newspaper, mostly grip-and-grins but achieving the occasional jackpot. When I started covering horse shows, I was able to manage a publishable winner-over-fences shot. I would never love the darkroom (this was pre-Photoshop), but I was hoping for photo-journalist.


Blogging has convinced me otherwise. Part of my goal to keep the blog from making me crazy is to internalize that ‘Perfection is the Enemy of Good.’ I try to accept good enough and move on. However, I am more likely to do this with a photo that with text. I will accept a photo that is cute if a smidge blurry before I will stop fussing for exactly the mot juste.

Granted, one can always rewrite but not always reshoot, e.g. a sunset or a location. However, even when I’m photographing at home, say a LEGO construction, I will balance how far off the mark I am versus the effort of setting up, snapping another 10 frames, downloading, trimming, and so on. OTOH, I will get up in the middle of the night to change to a more felicitous phrase.

Verdict: I am a writer not a photographer.
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One thought on “Chasing Perfection

  1. We each do what we can. There is no harm in doing what you are less than “perfect” in if it brings you pleasure (unless you are doing it for pay).

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