If you ever think my blandishments are strumming at your own yearnings and triggering your wants, consider what I do to myself.
Yesterday my own post talked me into it: I've reserved a place for myself in Peter's Cuba Workshop in March.
It's tropical down there, and March will be a good time for a break from the Western New York Winter. And, some concerted shooting might be just what I need. And, who knows, maybe I'll meet a woman (one who has what every man craves...intelligence and artistic sensitivity, of course. And a great big, you, know, vocabulary! Hubba hubba!).
And, well, you know, actually, I always wanted to take a workshop, and I never have. When I was in my twenties, "workshopping" was considered a natural stage of your evolution and growth as a photographer. But I had a teaching internship my senior year in art school, got hired by the same college the following year to teach a Photo 101-102-103 sequence, and that led to a full-time teaching job. I skipped over the workshop stage. Always regretted it. So what's that they say about better late than never?
(Plus, it really is the right time to go to Cuba with Peter. I'll shut up now.)
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Benjamin Marks: "Good on ya' mate, as they might say in another hemisphere. My father once counseled me to spend money on experiences rather than on things. This was a wise piece of advice, as you can always lose a thing, but will never lose an experience (or if you do, the particular loss will be the least of your worries a la Herr Alzheimer). Of course, I own the Leica lens in your next post but I have never been to Cuba, or been a student of any photography teacher (with Mr. Turnley's eye or otherwise), so you can see that following my father's excellent advice has not always been easy. Hint: I have yet to take a photograph worthy of the great lens, with the great lens. I hope you have a blast."