Shut the door to all errors, truth will be shut out:

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You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.

-Johnny Cash-


Truth in Photography!:

Every choice made is a reflection of truth.

Every choice made is a reflection of truth.

This Photo is Lying to You: Rob Haggart

View September Issue of OUTSIDE MAGAZINE

A wonderful piece written by Photo Editor Rob Haggart, which certainly highlights that as consumers of both visual and written information, we need to be aware of the facts behind that information.

The reality of photojournalism is that you can walk into any newspaper in the country and given the opportunity to view their hardcopy photo morgue from 30-40 years ago, you will find images manipulated by pencil, pen or marker.

White shirts that were void of detail by overexposure now have crisp sharp collars provided by pen or pencil.

It’s not unheard of that sports photographer who missed the ball could make it magically appear on the easel with the correct size penny, dime or piece of paper provided by a hole-punch.

Miss that wonderful sunset or sparkling firework image?  Just sandwich two images together to make up for the difference or double-print in the darkroom.

We must trust the photographer’s integrity and accuracy of their content; and that of the editors who handle such content.

Set higher goals; ask more questions and do not bend to the pressure of competition. 

Respect for the craft and its readership is the building block to maintain a new generation of subscribers.

I hope Mr. Haggart is wrong in that “Our relationship to photography is not changing.”

My hope is that the “hunger for truth.” has always remained the keystone for journalist throughout the world.

The Measure of a Man:

The Boron VFW hall. The true measure of a man can be found anywhere.

The Boron American Legion Hall. The true measure of a man can be found anywhere.

_Shihan John Paul_

It’s been said that you learn the true measure of a man in the battlefield.

The question of how one reacts to fear and stress of the moment. Does the warrior step up to conquer fear and protect his fellow combatants? Does the warrior step back protecting his own life, letting others take the fall for him?

In 1645 a samurai warrior, Miyamoto Musashi wrote his thoughts on military strategy “ The Book of Five Rings” and over the centuries various translations have found it useful in the workplace.
Given the current environment of the workplace, it has become reflective of the battlefield with much of the same stress and fear for each man allowing them to step up…or to step back. In this case the fear is blame and the loss of employment.

The term man is generic and not related to gender, as gender plays no role in the level one may have for loyalty, or trust.

I’ve always enjoyed the “book of fire” chapter referring to the heat of battle, and speaks to different types of timing.