Busy Stillness: Layered by the Seasons and Solemnly

I am curating a post I wrote about five months ago.

 

I am a bit of an amateur photography enthusiast.  To start the year I decided to join in the free ten-day WordPress course Developing Your Eye I (for beginners) and while I do have lots of practice time behind me I did learn from the course a few things about taking photos.

 

My mother took a look at what I did for the course and her favorite post is Solitude I Can Justify https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/solitude-i-can-justify/ which looking back I remember enjoying doing very much.  I suppose I am an introvert.

 

I had the idea already that often a photo is “layered” with what can be clever perspectives and of a variety of subjects, and therefore ostensibly open to interpretation.  Over the last few years, most of my photos have been taken in the setting of Maple Lawn Cemetery, where I help handle in a junior capacity the operations alongside my father Peter.

Maple Lawn Cemeteryt St. Catharines
Amid Maple Lawn Cemetery Wednesday, November 5, 2014 3:33 PM

I take photos because of my sensibilities, and I thought back a little for this September 21 ‘17 blog post which I am rewriting today– now the day before both Valentine’s Day and also what is Ash Wednesday, an important day for Catholics.  

 

Ash Wednesday is observed with both a sense of the solemn and with prayer.  If you are Catholic, you may wish to celebrate Valentine’s Day today and then to observe Ash Wednesday tomorrow.

 

A photo I once took of my dad who is in the shot taking a mental photograph of the cemetery shows movement “through” the cemetery field (Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 3:33 PM).  It is apparent from the photo that my dad is mostly alone amid the headstones at the cemetery, a photo taken in autumn time of scattered leaves that are long gone by this time of the year (now 2018).  If new to the onlooker, the photo perhaps requires a bit of imagination as to what is happening in the shot.

 

 

You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited  Good luck with your own photography if you are taking pictures.

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Attack of the Video Content

Do you have an inkling what influencer marketing is?

 

Influencer marketing, I guess, is when a brand with an expansive and powerful Internet presence helps a newcomer gain exposure by sharing the smaller brand under the umbrella of the major brand who is widespread across the world wide web on several channels.

 

When the Hulu video streaming service was becoming a monster, I know they experimented with following various Twitter peeps in order to help make themselves a household name.

 

November 28, 2016
Hulu among other Twitter followers

Now I see commercials on TV for Hulu that make it seem all the more like a juggernaut, but for some time they were most alive in my mind as the entity on Twitter that seemed to be joking around all the time waiting for all those people to start transplanting their attention to Hulu instead of all the other options for video entertainment that likewise wanted consumer dollars in exchange for a wild consumption experience of the most dynamite video to be found.

 

Hulu kept adding all kinds of classic TV shows to their roster line-up, and beginning with The Handmaid’s Tale began to fill its slot of originals with more and more series, like Marvel’s Runaways.

 

It felt to me like the underdog Hulu challenging the king of paid content, Netflix, for a portion of its subscriber base.  Who had the best originals, Netflix with its incredible budget and seeming out-of-control finger on the market with a business model set to break all records?

 

But what happened… this is surely a simplistic interpretation of what was actually experienced… the Harvey Weinstein effect rocked the entertainment industry and pretty soon many respected actors were back to the drawing board.

 

I am not an analyst, but are these two events connected in any tangible way?

 

Netflix established an extraordinary budget for its current and future programming, all growing from a point of origin that was one particular Netflix original that was historical for being the first there was.  It was House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey.

 

Spacey came under stern criticism and was let go, costing Netflix a ton and generating at least a little bad publicity.

 

With their very first entry as a Netflix original series becoming a distraction, I felt I was seeing Hulu rise up in response and setting their sights on becoming a major competitor in the wake of the scandal around Spacey.

 

It can’t have been that direct a transition, I don’t think, but I would infer that with the breakdown of Netflix’ House of Cards at a critical time, when Hulu was beginning to launch its new originals, I think it certainly meant the time was right for Hulu to begin to market itself more traditionally, rather than with its jovial influence marketing that resembled stunt tactics.  Maybe Hulu still does play with influence marketing, I’m not sure, but all of a sudden it seems like all the more professional a brand than it had been previously when it was a minor competitor to the juggernaut Netflix.

 

Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale also demonstrated its penchant for winning many major awards and on top of that, it carried with it a feminist zeitgeist that was all the more effective in the face of the Weinstein effect that was leaving men everywhere clutching their walking papers.

 

November 16, 2017
A year later Hulu unfollows

These days when I see the TV ads for Hulu I smile.

 

I think the video streaming market is mad, but it is interesting to see that there have been many measurable changes in it in the last several months as Hulu grew into its mode of expansion and gained tons of credibility.

 

It will be interesting to see if there are more upstarts as entertainment continues to change.

 

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word inkling.

2018-01-19

What Alger Wrote about Silence

By the time he died in 1899, Horatio Alger Jr. was the author of about a hundred volumes.  His popularity had dwindled, although his writing received favorable comments and a resurgence following his death.  Walter Sherwood’s Probation says, “There are times when silence is golden, and one of those times is at hand.”1

All of Alger’s novels rework the same plot:  a boy struggles to escape poverty.2 It’s not the age of silence. If one has any luck, he has a voice, with which to speak.

The Internet intertwines individual voices, and at times the roar is as one and other times it is dissident.

Humility’s not always to our advantage. When the human voice is silenced, it is the sound of silence, but not nearly as golden a silence as the failing Horatio Alger Jr. posited.

Don’t be inhibited by what is unkind luck and, therefore, misfortune.

Never hesitate when the iron is hot to be forward with this venture, and have a heart and be true. Feel welcome with your words.

Defy the repeal of net neutrality. When curating this the week of the fifteenth of January, 2018, from a post I did September 20, 2016, 20+ states were intent on suing for continuing net neutrality.

Do not let the US ISPs decide the future of the Internet. It is much better a level playing field. Small business can anticipate better odds of success if net neutrality is restored intact.

The weekly WordPress photo challenge Silence was presented Wednesday by Cheri Lucas Rowlands.

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Equipment to render information from noise and silence

If you’re of the mind to “like” this post or “follow” my blog, that’s great. You’re welcome to comment as well.

Works Cited:

1 dictionary.sensagent.com/horatio%20alger%20jr/en-en/
2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horatio_Alger

2018-01-04

A Funeral with an Ominous Sky

When I was studying art history in college, one of the more difficult areas for me was architecture.  Identifying architecture was a challenge for me.

 

To ring in the New Year, I’ve done a free ten-day photography course with WordPress called “Developing Your Eye.”  I am a junior operations manager at a cemetery where I provide some assistance with funerals occasionally.  Evaluating how best to address architecture with a single monochrome photograph I settled on taking a photo of the exterior of a local church where a funeral service was being performed.

 

An ominous sky helps set the mood for the photo.

 

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Outside a church where a funeral service is going on

I don’t want to say a lot about the symbolism of how the monochrome sky appears in the photo.  That being said, compared to the church itself the sky is the real architecture, the architecture of God at the end of the lifetime of a human being remembered and bid farewell.

 

This course Developing Your Eye has been the first learning I’ve done in photography, even though I’ve been taking photographs five years, and the first study I’ve undertaken in a couple of years.  I was in college years ago and I just scraped by–I wasn’t brilliant.  However, that doesn’t stop me wanting to write my own blog.

 

Life without a blog is like complete illiteracy.

 

I don’t feel very scholarly nor a luminary, but I am grateful for what outreach I’ve had on this blog.  Sometimes it’s been flattering.

 

As well, I’ve been able to impress a few family members with what I’ve undertaken with this blog.  Please rest assured that I would thank you for seeing my blog and reading pages from it.  I wish you well and let’s continue to have a great 2018.

2018-01-03

That Green Lever is the Well in Winter

To end 2017 with self-improvement in mind, I decided to complete a free ten-day course with WordPress.  I have got a little better as a photography owing to the exercises I’ve done for the course, called “Developing Your Eye.”  I am a week late finishing it, but today I am doing the ninth day.

 

I was asked to select a color for today’s photo, one color, and show it in a photo, perhaps to create mystery about what the photo shows.  For example, a brightly-painted door in a citadel could raise the question of what is beyond the door.

 

I looked around a little, but it wasn’t too hard to turn the theme of the exercise into a photo, and what I did was shoot the pump of the water well at the cemetery where I work.  It is winter time here, but the point is that the pump is the color green, in a white setting (snowbound).  The question for someone seeing the photo might be, for example, who draws water in summer?

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Water pump in winter

I am comfortable taking photos at the cemetery, and that lent to the confidence I had to take this picture.

 

The color green reminds me of a corporate décor, but in this case, the green merely points to the aesthetic of a well-kept cemetery.  It is behind the church which is at the front of the property.  Nothing about the exterior of the church is painted green.

 

I have been glad for the change of pace doing the course, even with the procrastination that challenged me when the holidays were here and taking up my time.  The winter weather has been extreme, as well.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

2018-01-02

The Treasure that Reminds Me to Laugh

In personal ads, it’s not surprising to someone advertising GSOH–a good sense of humor. I see TV ads promoting services like eHarmony or Match.com. I know from the pace of those kinds of services that a gentleman needs to represent that he is a good guy in order to attract a mate.

To start the New Year with something new on the horizon, I have been doing a free ten-day course from WordPress called Developing Your Eye–I am a week late, but mostly on schedule. Today I’m doing the exercise for the eighth day of the course.

The theme of today’s photo is “treasure.” I reflected on this and realized I could take a photo both literal and figurative. I photographed a clown ornament at which I regularly gaze. The clown was given to me by a dear friend, and it both reminds me of friendship and to remember the humor in life. I admit I am not a keen fan of comedy nor see much mirth in day-to-day life, but some days the best times I have are when I again find a reason to laugh.

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Clown ornament

The clown is playing the “world’s smallest violin,” that joke, and I think of that from my father’s perspective. As to make your bed and lie in it.

I realize the clown is a touch creepy, I suppose, but reflecting on “treasure” I think the ability to laugh is dear and also that if I have tried anything at an evocative decor the clown in the photo is among what I cherish most.

I’m not a funny individual, and I can’t put the abbreviation in GSOH across the Internet or in the newspaper.

Remember that the personals can sink you.

2018-01-01

Doggedly Capturing Developing Your Eye Themes To Ring in the New Year

Happy New Year!  It is the beginning of 2018, of course.

 

To better myself a tad, I am doing a free ten-day photography course from WordPress, and while I am a week late, the timing isn’t too bad because I am literally ringing in the New Year with exercises in photography that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought to do.

 

Today’s exercise is to take a photo of something big.

 

To illustrate the theme, I thought of some symbolism.  You see, I went to the park, where there is a library, aquatic center, and playground.  You can see a Canadian flag flying as well.  The nation of Canada is, of course, massive, and that is one component of the symbolism of the photo.

 

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A “big” park on New Year’s Day
  • The aquatic center is comprised of what is probably an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is a big space for water.

 

  • To a child, the playground in the park is “big,” for the reason that a child is small.  It cannot be reasoned the same with adult eyes, but I feel it helps symbolize bigness all the same.

 

  • Last but not least, the volumes of knowledge inside the library represent a massive amount of information, which I feel represents the idea of big.  In fact, as today is New Year’s Day, and folks are beginning the start of a resolution (or more), one suggestion you may wish to try is to resolve to read more in 2018.  If you aren’t a regular reader all ready, I would ask if you feel you waste time on social media.

 

This is not to say that social media isn’t a lot of fun; it is.

 

It is just that if you find you are wasting time with social media, you may wish to resolve for 2018 to trade the time spent on social media for time spent reading.  Whether to try something like that is up to you.

 

Once again, happy new year.  I am glad I am able to share it.  Have a bountiful 2018!