Books, Photography and Health
This probably is not the best of time while working as a editorial photographer , but a sudden urge to read books, novels, articles and newspaper has resurfaced back.Since a while back I have been keeping a track of books I have read, reread,made notes from and remembered hoping to keep the dying habit alive. As the intensity of social media and technology has crept up in an unimaginable way ,making me feel unappreciative of day if I do not check my gmail or Facebook account, I try and find innovative ways to keep it in check.
There were times when I used to stay excessively online, browsing quirky stuff, seeing what other were doing in photography ,shooting mails and trying to check up with deadlines for photography grants and competitions. That kept on going for a while , maybe a year or so till I got fed up and realized my whole life now revolves around deadline. Hey, this was not photography for me !! The very act of stepping out and discovering new things was fading away .It was a very unhealthy style of living. A sedate one.The body clock completely changed and I started living quite a one dimensional life. So it took a long time to get back in the frame of mind a normal person is and I made a few rules for myself
i) No matter what I shall venture out for a jog and some sort of Physical activity. Haruki Murakami does it. Anil Ambani does it. There’s no reason not to do it. Only a better time management needs to be prevalent. In fact when I got it feels more like a meditative exercise which I tend to enjoy.
ii) I visit the web very specifically only focussed towards task at hand. It means avoiding a lot of interesting but unnecessary websites, posts ,trailers, music posts, and blog. If i need to write an email I better do it right now than randomly browsing the net .
I am not blaming the internet or social media , just that I really to understand my priorities. As i grow older ,the time to read a book has slackened and the reasons not to do so has elongated. You keep a book in hand for long, get stuck to a few pages and chapters, then it becomes a drag and you loose interest to read it anymore.There goes one of my important channels to gain knowledge in wide and varied fields.And also a concentrated way of reading about a subject that must have been written with a lot of depth, thorough research and sound understanding. Not to mention the way it might have been written.
So ,right now I feel happy and satisfied that I have been able to read six books this year on varied topics. I feel like I have utilized my time well. For me it has also been a much better style of living and functioning. I saved my back and eyes from a lot of unnecessary details. When people talk about photography and give advice to photographers in a lot of ways, I wish they also talk about health. And how important it is to maintain it just as it is to build a vision. Both needs tremendous patience. Photography after all is a physical activity and probably at a long term stage ,this will come into notice. Everything is a long term project and a few probably will stick for life.
By the way I am reading ” With Chatwin ” currently and I hope to visit Patagonia one fine day