I know, I know, too many self-portraits lately, and this one is even a double self-portrait. This is a mixture of a photo I made a while back, and the painting (below) I made for my sister's christmas card based on that photo. (yes, she will be happy to receive a christmas card with a picture of myself).
Also below are the other paintings I made for Christmas cards. I was happy to find that using photoshop I can make my watercolors look better too.
The question at a workshop we facilitated today was something to the extent of "What can [the participants] do to proactively manage the [previously raised] sustainability issues?". There were a lot of great answers, great ideas for more education plans, dematerialization, etc... I was sitting at the end of the row, and not being a member of, or expert in, the industry the workshop focused on, I guessed that anything I can think of has already been thought by the participants. My mind drifted to wondering what I could do, as a member of my own industry -the Kevin industry.
A lot of big plans comes to mind. Floaty, idealistic, "wouldn't it be great if" type of things. And I realized that that is always what happens. There are always lots of great ideas. Lots of great "We could/should do this" ideas. But somehow, for me at least, it always stops at the idea stage.
So my answer, when I got to the white board, at the risk of offending a room-full of clients, was that what we can do to proactively manage the [previously raised] sustainability issues, is:
Break all of these previously mentioned, great, large-scale project/ideas down into a list of first-step to-do items that are "something that I can do tomorrow in ten minutes"... and then do it.
If the idea was "create an employee education program", that's great. I agree. But it's so dang big, and safe, because no one can be expected to do it tomorrow, and there are always reasons why it can't be done. But what can we do tomorrow to get that going? Even if we don't know, the to-do list already has one item -make a phone-call to a friend who might know and set up a meeting to discuss what is needed. That takes less that ten minutes, and it is more progress that most of my initiatives ever see.
I know, I know. It's too obvious to even mention. But I guess it needs to be mentioned more. I need to remind myself a lot more.
Break it down. One step at a time. Kotsu kotsu katsu kotsu kotsu katsu.
One of those initiatives, or "personal projects" I fear for, is my recently conceived of 5000 faces idea. The idea was basically to make an impossible goal, such as take 5000 portraits in one year, with the main goal being to "get over" my reluctance to approach strangers on the street and ask them to let me take their photo.
After discussing it with a friend, the ideas has changed slightly, in that I don't actually even try for 5000 faces, but I keep the web-site and a stack of name cards I had printed, because it seems more "official", and it gives me a little more confidence and maybe credibility when I ask people on the street. I generally say "I'm a photography student doing a homework project" -technically not a lie, as I am all of that, but I never mention that I don't attend any school. It's probably just imagined, but I assume that they consider me "safe", and not just some freak on the street taking their photo.
So far I have only asked four people on the street, and the photos suck (but it's a learning process).
The photo above is part of the project, but she is not someone I met on the street. Maybe the reason it turned out better than the others (which you will never see) was that I was much more comfortable taking her photo.
I got together with some of the folks from my old life -yes, web dorks. I feel strangely drawn to that field because it is fun and interesting work in the short term -creative design and problem solving, a feeling of accomplishment and completion when a program runs or a web-site goes live- but I have a strong desire to do it in a way that has some bigger, lasting, meaningful effect on the world.
I also feel a strong desire to get back to my long rambling posts about sustainability this or that. Not sure if it helps other people think, but my thoughts feel so much less organized and developed since I stopped using my blog as an outlet.
I have several personal projects (not moving forward as fast as I had hoped, as usual) in the works, but am reluctant to mention anything more about them. Namely because I have not completed any of the thousands of initiatives I have mentioned in the past. Something always seems to come up -a new, better idea, or a real-life responsibility. I have good feelings about these new ones though, as my work has been giving me at least some insight into the "sustainability" scene in Tokyo.
My photography guru gave me the assignment to make a self portrait last week. This is my homework. This is the one I settled on, one I took just today as Tomoe and I went for a jog around town. It was so easy and took so little preparation, not like the others I tried to "set up" this week. (They can be seen on my Flickr page). I think it's because the "real me" doesn't wear a suit.
Also, in case anyone is wondering what happened to all the photos on my site from before December, I am still trying to get the move to the new server done in my spare time. I think most of the good ones are in my Flickr page though...
I just came across it today, and other than spending time on it that I should have been using for work, I can't express how happy I think I am (I can't be sure until I spend at least a few days weeding out all the things I might hate about it). The greatest thing is that I don't have to save each feed into it's own inflexible folder as with Bloglines and all the other RSS readers I have tried for windows, and it lets me read all my subscriptions in order of date of post, intermingling articles from various sites (Shrook, my favorite for Mac, did what I wanted but unfortunately they don't have a Windows app that I can use while I am at work).
The best thing though, is that Rojo is all-out Web 2.0, and allows me to tag articles and blogs so that I can browse by tag, category, blog, etc... as well as browse other people's tagged blogs and articles without going to technorati or Delicious. And if enough people start using Rojo, or some other app that integrates with it, I would guess the results would be much more satisfying than delicious because it is much more convenient to tag the post right there than it is to save it in delicious.
The one thing I haven't figured out yet, is how to subscribe to all the posts that other people have tagged with a ceratin tag.... but it *must* be possible.