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Category : Musings

20 Nov 2017
ALLENTOWN MUSEUM PHOTO EXHIBIT

STUDY YOUR COMPETITION

“Steve” and I are part of a large photography exhibit that opened this weekend at the Allentown Art Museum.  I had photographed Steve as part of a project on artists and am always eager to show him off. The exhibition hall was packed with photographers who are all displaying great images.  It is a little daunting to see how good they all are and also encouraging to see the bar for photography rising higher and higher.  Mediocre images just don’t […]

05 Nov 2017
BOB RAPP_BY BROKAW PHOTOGRAPHY

DOES YOUR WORK MAKE YOU HAPPY?

Sometimes. Yes? They say “work is work” and it is, of course, but if it brings us satisfaction then it’s more than work, it’s living life well. I’ve always loved my jobs, my work (except for that time in college I delivered telephone books…) and most of the time it was satisfying. That’s especially true at the end of a productive day. Boredom, fatigue and stress love to nudge their way in from time to time, but that’s normal. So […]

03 Nov 2017
TODD STONE BY BROKAW PHOTOGRAPHY

DO YOU JOURNAL?

I photographed artist, Todd Stone as part of a photo project about the Artists of the Gallows Run.  We talked about journals. Todd is a well known New York artist, www.toddstone.com.  Todd witnessed, first hand, the destruction of the Twin Towers and rendered it in paintings.  Over the past 16 years he has been witnessing and painting the resurrection. Todd journals.  It settles his mind and evokes new thoughts and ideas. Journalling is right up there with mindful meditation as a […]

27 Oct 2017
COLOR

COLOR?

The world is full of color.  But sometimes we may want to look at it in black and white. Does it work? The perennial favorite for color watching is fall foliage.  It doesn’t last long.  A couple of weeks.  I wondered if I could create a black and white image of foliage with snap and interest.  It didn’t work.  Black and white leaves? (Am I nuts?)

17 Oct 2017
8-MAN CREW PULLING

IS EVERYONE PULLING?

It’s often harder than it looks to coordinate teams, even when everyone is doing the same thing.  Watching a novice crew team row up the river is fun.  It’s not an entirely graceful thing to see, but entertaining. The crew wants to do the right thing. The coxie sees what needs to be done and everyone strives to coordinate. We all have teams of one kind or another.  Some are long lasting, others are fleeting but they all share a […]

05 Oct 2017
ABUNDANCE

ABUNDANCE

It’s a bumper year for nuts (acorns and hickories, too.).  The trees are fruitful (or maybe I should say nutfull) and there is an abundance on the forest floor.  The squirrels and chipmunks will feast. Abundance is a funny thing.  Sometimes it just comes to us, especially when we’re receptive. I hope you are feasting!  

06 Sep 2017
BOULDERING

Climbing

Sometimes it’s a bare-knuckle climb to the top, one finger grip at a time.

22 Aug 2017
OMG

“OMG” – Three little letters that mean a lot.  

“OMG. So happy thanks so much.”  When you finish a job and read these words, you can feel satisfied you’ve served your client well.  Having recently received such an email, I’m happy as a peach and also well aware one should never rest on one’s laurels. Satisfying a client is more than the final product.  It is the whole process that leads you there, from the first phone call to the deliverable and everything in between.  It is an ongoing […]

21 Aug 2017
NIGHT SKY

Ready for the Eclipse?

Here comes the moon.  Standing in front of the sun and casting us into darkness in the middle of the day. OK, so maybe it won’t get this dark, but it will be the biggest shortest show of the year.

18 Aug 2017
SHARED VISION

Shared Vision

I talk to a lot of business people and I know how much everyone cares about the services and products they provide.  This is their vision.  Their clients and customers also have a vision.  They want products and services that satisfy them.  When we share our visions with other people’s visions, that’s when magic happens. We all have visions for ourselves and for our businesses.  Visions are what we want to see happen.  We want to grow, we want to […]