So this is my typical weekday routine… bear with me, I’ll get to the actual point in due course, as ever. This is my mind at work though. This is, ultimately, how I photograph things and why I photograph them the way that I photograph them. It’s entirely underpinned by the way that my mind works. The all and the everything of me. This is my typical weekday routine: Having had breakfast together, I take my daughter to school, I come home, I sit at my computer and edit images (and a few other things interspersed throughout that process; responding to emails and the like). I take a break for lunch, return to editing images (or as and when I’m able – as it’s such an important thing to me – I sit and do what I’m doing now and pen a blog post the penning of which will most likely come to a conclusion several hours hence), collect my daughter from school and then it’s a whole tombola of homework and dinner and out for weekly activities and brushing teeth and bed-time and then I… sit down to edit images (or as I’ll do tonight, continue with the penning of a blog post) until midnight. Give or take five or ten minutes.
Now I need to remind myself where I was going with all of this :~)
That was it! Lunch. It’s my habit to watch something whilst eating my lunch each day; maybe an episode of some series or other that I’m working my way through or perhaps a one off programme of some genre or other. In the lead up to Camilla & Tom’s wedding I’d been spending my lunch times working my way through The Brain with David Eagleman on BBC iPlayer. It’s a fantastic series and I dare say a transformative one. At least it was for me and my understanding of myself and the world that surrounds me; most importantly the variety of ways in which people think; more so again how broad clusters of types of thinking seem to come about.
The truth of the matter is that I consistently find myself working with clients that are fundamentally decent people. Quite naturally, they tend to be surrounded by people of similar natures. It’s a real boon to job satisfaction. I always find myself coming away from a wedding thinking, “Why isn’t everyone like this? It doesn’t seem to take them any effort to be what they are. Surely it’s simpler to be this way than otherwise?” Then I watched The Brain with David Eagleman, learnt a great deal more about the concepts of mental programming than I’d already pieced together for myself through a life-time of experience and, well, thinking about such things, and realised that no, there’s nothing clear cut and simple about the matter. As a result of watching that series I found myself quite a bit more tolerant of people that think in different ways to myself. I also found myself at Camilla & Tom’s wedding – notions from the series still rippling through my mind – thinking, “How marvellously programmed the minds of these two people are!”
I would have liked to have borrowed some of the subroutines from their minds and used them to refine some of those that inform the way my own mind works.
Just a couple of examples: Camilla devoted a sizeable amount of time in the final few hours of preparation leading up to the ceremony engrossed in writing cards to other people; one to Tom, naturally enough, another for her mum and yet another for an aunty both of whom shared birthday dates that coincided with the wedding. She clearly devoted a great deal of thought to the content of these cards, each ultimately filled with writing from corner to corner, top to bottom, across the two inner surfaces. I half expected to find her fitting in a little more card writing under cover of signing the register once the marriage ceremony had been concluded. Tom, in the few months leading up to the wedding, subtly extracted from a range of friends whose weddings he and Camilla had attended the titles of their first dance songs so they could compile a list of said songs to play throughout the reception, to see if these friends noticed, to add more again to their enjoyment of, their sense of inclusion in the day. These examples and a great many others linger in my mind. Two people that think a great deal about and a great deal of other people. Good programming :~)
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