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We, my husband Paul and I, are just back from a few days in Northumberland, the North East of England. Very close to the Scottish border.
We'd heard so much about it, somehow never got there although it wasn't so far for us, less than 3 hours drive. But this time we made it, and wow, was it worth it! We were lucky with the weather…
Windy, which meant fabulous waves...
Cloudy and sunny, which meant fabulous light, light-play and interesting skies...
Only a bit of rain during the night, which made everything look fresh and vibrant!
We had rented a cottage at Seahouses, a small colourful harbour.
A good place to start, almost in front of the Farne Islands, to the north you have beautiful dunes, white beaches, and Bamburgh Castle Epic and majestic.
But let me come back to this in a later blog, after I have processed the photos?
What I really wanted to write about is that, besides the more obvious, I love to photograph the UNOBVIOUS. I arrive on a beach, I see the sand-patterns blown by the wind or shaped by the sea, some have stones, others have shells, and with wild seas you'll have lots of seaweed all very interesting, because of the variety, colour and shapes. I love looking, making compositions, when it all comes together, I'm thrilled, touched, and yes, it releases emotions.
I do understand that it is NOT to everybody's taste, but I do not take them for anyone...
So I uploaded some of them and as expected, they did not get much attention, which is fine.
And that is what I wrote in the write-up under the images yesterday.
Today, I discover what Seth Godin,
wrote in one of his latest blogs:
"I need you to see things my way"
And that's the frustration of the marketer or the artist who hasn't figured out how to navigate critics and the marketplace.
If you need the validation and acceptance and patronage of everyone you meet, you'll get stuck, and soon. Everyone isn't going to get it. Everyone isn't even going to get you, never mind what you sell.
Experienced marketers and artists and those that make change understand that the new is not for everyone. In fact, it's not even for most people. Pass them by. They can catch up later.
It's not a referendum, and you don't need a unanimous vote of acclamation. No, you merely need enough to stay in business, to keep moving, to make a dent. And then your idea can spread.
If the kids in the back of the bus/audience/store don't get it (or don't get you) it's their loss. Focus on those that want to celebrate the work you do instead."
No need to say more he?