A comment on a recent post really got me thinking about 35hunter and why I write here.
Despite what you might think, this is not a photography blog.
Neither is it a camera blog, or a cycling or bicycle blog.
Those subjects do feature, but they’re not at the core.
What is central to 35hunter is right there in the tag line – hunting for beauty and balance.
This is what I’ve been doing for most of my life – sometimes more consciously than others, and sometimes more effectively than others – and I suspect it’s exactly what you’ve been doing for most of your life too.
Without beauty, it’s very difficult to see the meaning of the world around us, or to make any sense of the chaos.
Without balance, we career and crash from one place (or day or person or addiction) to another, never really feeling fulfilled or satiated for long, if at all.
Beauty need not literally be a beautiful object.
Like me, you might just as readily find beauty in a rusting bicycle in the woods, or a decaying door as in a delicate rose in full bloom, or the curve of a hip.
The need, and the quest to find this beauty, in whatever forms it takes, remains the same.
It drives us forward with eyes hungry and heart wide open.
Cameras serve many purposes for many different people. For me, they enable and heighten that hunt for beauty and balance.
Whether that’s hunting for a device that itself I find beautiful to look at, hold, and use, or the way it allows me to capture forever a scene or object in front of me that contains subjective beauty.
Beauty can also be found in the way a device works, and the union we’re able to create with it.
I’ve spoken repeatedly in the past here about finding invisible cameras.
But again it’s not about the inanimate object – that particular combination of metal, glass, plastic or silicon.
It’s about the feelings that object enables us to experience and channel.
It’s the same with bikes.
They can literally be objects we find beautiful to behold. Or, the way they enable us to do something we can’t do as well (or at all) without them can be the most beautiful aspect.
My bikes allow me to reach some of my favourite local photo haunts that would take too long walking. I get the bonus on the way of extra fresh air and exercise and immersion in nature, and the financial and environmental saving of not using a car. These are all great pluses for me.
Once again it’s back to the emotions they enable us to feel, how they help us in this hunt.
At various times in the past (and for some of these, still currently) I’ve been heavily into writing poetry, making music, painting, salsa dancing and yoga. And for each of these passions, there have been tools that I’ve enjoyed because they’ve enabled me to go further and deeper into the experience.
It’s not about the tools though – the notebooks, the guitar pedals, the paint rollers, the shoes or the yoga mat.
It’s about the gateways they open and the paths that unfurl ahead.
It’s about the connection they enable us to make with something else we can’t usually find, and how by using them often we then find these connections more easily and more deeply.
I think people only really do anything because of the feelings it gives them.
Sometimes it’s a more healthy approach and outcome than others, but there’s always some underlying motivation – to get closer to a certain feeling.
Sometimes it’s a feeling that’s not positive but its familiarity gives some perverse kind of comfort. So we repeat the habits that take us there.
And so the reason I’ve written thousands of poems, recorded hours of music, painted dozens of pictures, made hundreds of thousands of photographs, danced a million steps and rolled out my yoga mat thousands of times all comes back to that hunting.
All of these passions gave me a deeper and more direct route to finding beauty and balance, and to feeling happy, at peace, the world making some kind of sense.
I’ll say it again, this is not a photography blog.
It’s about the hunt for beauty and balance – mine and yours and all of ours – and that core reason for 35hunter’s existence remains as strong as when I began writing it three years ago.
Thank you for being a fellow hunter…