After much soul searching, I realized that to push my photography to the next level I need to get in better shape. One of the things that blew my mind when IvoryHut and I took the boat trip with Rick Sammon was how physically fit Sammon is. I mean you could bounce quarters of any part of that man. I would just eat them.
I took mental stock of what are some of the times I have lost out on the winning image…most have to deal with “I am too tired to go way over there” or “I just can’t bend the way I need to get this image” or my personal favorite “If I squat to get this I will either fart, pee in my pants or both.” I have the power to change these to, “Let me just run over there for this one shot”, “Just two more inches to the right” and “look at this great shot I took from down below”.
Admittedly, sorting out all the fun physical issues such as extreme GERD and finding out what caused it all in the first place…darn lactose; went a long way to bring me to this moment. This morning I went to my local Y and took my first class towards being a healthier and better photographer. The class is called WillPOWER & Grace. It’s meant to improve balance etc working major load baring joints and all 58 muscles in your feet…what is does is breaks you down to a limp pool of flesh that can only mutter “uncle” every other breath. I was assured it make me stronger….notice I did not say it will get easier.
But I do this in pursuit of being a better photographer, person and live longer.
I will keep you posted.
Pray to what ever deity for me.