"Walk a mile..."

Project Idea - Walk a mile

“Look up and look down”

Inside New York New York Hotel - Las Vegas NV

Inside New York New York Hotel - Las Vegas NV

To me, It is such a great cliche. I love “…Walk a mile in their shoes.” You never know what someone is going through until you have been through it yourself.

Well, I took that idea and spun it a bit to create a simple yet fun photo project anyone can do. There is soooo much to see when you really look around you. “Looking around” means all directions. Look up and see the clouds or the architecture of buildings. In this case, it was looking down. Being an artist as well, I love to see all kinds of creativity, whether it is natural or manmade. The more I looked around, the more I saw and that is what I have tried to capture in the project. 

Top of the Supercross Start Ramp at the Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista CA.

Top of the Supercross Start Ramp at the Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista CA.

And the more you do, the things you will see. What you will discover is a whole new world. Life takes you so many places and there are so many interesting things just under your feet. Fallen leaves, cool textures, fun paintings, or rugged spaces. 

My life has taken me across the world. I’ve amazingly fortunate to have job that has carried me to every occupied continent on the planet. Not every everyone has that chance, but you can still do such a simple project as this. Some of the images included in this post where taken within a few miles of my house, while others were taken in the far flung reaches of the globe.

Stairwell at Museum of Man - San Diego CA

Stairwell at Museum of Man - San Diego CA

Things to look for as you move around:

  • Fallen leaves 

  • Trails, rocks, and branches

  • interesting manhole covers

  • Beach and water

  • colors and patterns

  • displays and decorations

  • Archaeological discoveries (be mindful!) 

This project can be done anywhere and with nothing more than a Mobile Phone camera. Very few people are “experts” and “professionals” in the world of photography, but that doesn’t matter for this. Be creative. Just snapping a picture is fine of course, but remember the basics of composure and Rule of Thirds. You will be surprised how much this will elevate your images.

So get out there and apply your skill and creative to achieve something more! 

Hotel rooftop Pool - Montevideo, Uruguay

Hotel rooftop Pool - Montevideo, Uruguay

Rugby Pitch with USA Rugby - Coventry England

Rugby Pitch with USA Rugby - Coventry England

I wish I could do that....

I wish I could do that but… *insert excuse here.* 

In 1998, I co founded Bloodfire Studios with a great friend of mine. Over the years, we predicted some pretty cool stuff… and made a ton of mistakes. But, we learned from them and moved forward. 

Fast forward to 2014, and I took a huge leap of faith. I set up and launched Green Hills Entertainment. Each year since has seen positive growth in company, my skill, and my confidence. Within that, there has been a common underlying theme…

 “I wish I could do that but…”    *insert excuse here.*

I just laugh.

"Only in the leap from the lion's head will he prove his worth” ~Professor Jones Sr.

"Only in the leap from the lion's head will he prove his worth” ~Professor Jones Sr.

People come up to me at shows and say something along these line all the time. Lets just say, if I had a nickel for every time I heard a variation of this, the shows would be paid for without a single sale!  

The problem is, I don’t believe it. Anyone is capable of doing something like this. 

I chose the Indiana Jones image because it completely represents what we are talking about. 

In order to reach your “grail”, you have to take a leap of faith and commit to a path. People don’t understand that you are playing a long game and need patience. You have to practice your chosen skill. Why is this any different than any other task in life. We have to practice writing, talking, reading, walking, etc, so why is this any different?

Everyone seems to think I have some innate talent that few possess. The only thing I possess is patience and an understanding of failure as a teacher. I have overcome my fear and am willing to put myself out there. I try to surround myself with honest people that are supportive yet aren’t afraid to call me out if they don’t like something. I try create something almost every day. That could be a few sketches in a book, a painting, a piece of jewelry, or a couple of hours taking pictures.

“But, I don’t have time.”

Why not?

I have a full time job that can mean up to 60 hours a week, a wife, 2 kids, AND the company. I manage to find time to be creative and do everything else. Sure you have to prioritize things, but you can sneak in creative time. I take advantage of my commute to think of new ideas for paintings, jewelry, stories, etc. I have a little down time at work where I can draw or research. I get the occasional day of during the week and it is game on.

Whatever you can spare, do it. You will be very surprised with the gains you can make in just a year or two.