Friday, July 29, 2011

Shaking off the Rust

Whatever your medium, if you've been away from it for a few weeks, the first days are going to be clumsy and fruitless. But things get easier as the rust falls away. The ideas come more smoothly. The hands on the instrument, the fingers at the keyboard, the eye at the easel respond in sync to the urgings of your mind and heart. You are fit and gleaming. You can't wait to attack your work.
- Twyla Tharp in The Creative Habit

Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter will recognize this quote. In the last newsletter, I talked about how rusty I am, not really photographing anything since my move back to the US. That all changed yesterday, when I took my camera out to explore my sister's little town of Carbondale, Colorado.

I may not be fit yet, but I'm getting back in shape. It's amazing how quickly the rust falls away, when you get back to doing something you love and have invested time learning. I found many interesting scenes to capture, and I could tell I saw things that I never would have seen two years ago.

Over the next few days I'll share a few images of repeating patterns I found in Carbondale, since that's the Exploring with a Camera theme right now. If you are ever in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, stop in this little town. It's worth a visit.

PS - Today is the last day of the One Life 2011 Photography Contest. Will you come vote for me one last time? 


  1. Foto muito bonita. Parabéns. Aliás, estou gostando bastante de seu blog.

  2. I can relate to that. Whenever we go away on holidays I miss my studio and all my 'mess' of stuff. Being restricted to camera and/or sketchbook is just toooooo difficult. It takes me a while to loosen up when I get home again.

    I've voted for you most days.. so hope you are doing well.

  3. My skills are very rusty lately, I need to follow your example and back to it.

    Hope you are having a wonderful time.

  4. With the camera as our medium, a new environment can get us back in an exciting bout of creativity very quickly. But, like all art forms, constant daily work/play equals smoother and more steady progress in reaching towards our visions and goals. Your unique vision comes through in all you do!

  5. Yes, the rust falls away and sometimes a break really was what was needed. You'll have a fresh start and the excitement back.
    PS - I got my first postcard today!!!! YAY :)

  6. Hi Kat-
    I got my first POSTCARD in the mail today!!! I'm so happy! It's gorgeous. Again, thank you for all your work.


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