Of Writers and Photographers

“…I remember coming home a few days after EDSA 1 and playing it on the piano without interruption, and completing this five minute song in an unbelievable two minutes. How was that possible, if the song takes five minutes to sing…”Jim Paredes

Athletes call it the “Playing the Zone”. It is a level where most play their best games. And this tends to continue as soon as they get into it and ends until they tire themselves out.

Similarly this applies to everything we do, day in day out. There are times when we spontaneously do something without even having to think about it. These are the times when everything seems to flow consistently in favor of a goal in mind. Even doing a simple household chore has its own zone.

And this zone is just as evident to writers and photographers, pro and non-pro.

The reason why I’m writing this blog because recently I felt as if I miss finding good and properly composed photos in my multiply.com network. Just a few months back there was a barrage of wonderful pictures coming from my on-line buddies but lately it seems none have posted such or as I suspect none captured any good ones. And shall I say composed something worth posting and flaunting? Hopefully, their Canon SLRs aren’t sitting in one corner, collecting molds and dusts. Hey guys keep shooting.

Well, this is also true with bloggers and reviewers. I missed the days when I’d read write ups so nice that I’d wonder if the man behind those articles (blogs) are pro in incognito or just plain individuals like me who haven’t got the bucks to purchase such expensive cameras and so therefore decided (maybe against their will) to write blogs instead. Besides this is what sets the two hobbies or pastimes apart. Photography enthusiasts (I hate it when most claim to be “Photographers”, just as bloggers claim to be as writers. Sometimes I’m guilty too), need at least a $1000 SLRs while all bloggers need is just an idea. Not a tough selection for me, of course.

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed some of my previous (more than a year ago) blogs and some made me smile and pat myself at the back; some made me turn red in embarrassment. My only consolation is my blog traffic is not that high (or could the poor compositions be one of the reasons why). Besides I don’t have a proofreader. There goes the ultimate alibi. Ti abi.

But I still remember the times when I wrote those wonderful blogs (again, just my opinion) were the times when I think I was immersed in the zone. I also observed that these are times when a favorite or good music either plays in the background or just inside my head. I think the rhythm does something with the composition especially if it goes with the emotions behind the idea that is currently set. My keyboard becomes the piano. Only difference is it produces a blog rather than music.

Even the people I admire and envy for having been gifted enough to possess such wonderful talents in both literature and photography, such as Jim Paredes and James Deakin doesn’t come free from blunders – that is, doing something out of the zone. I’ve read and seen some of their works and I can’t help but think, “Hey, this isn’t them”, or, “Did they really do this?” But then, these are busy guys and most likely the pressure of the deadlines just affects the outcome.

And with the Christmas season getting nearer each day, work activities piling up, vacations to consider, parties to attend to are all joining our already chaotic schedule, I still hope that people will still find time to focus on their tasks and duties – that is, to their online world. Let the wonderful blogs come and let those good photographic eyes capture the beauty of everyday life.


6 Responses

  1. perhaps its the coming season. blame christmas. lol.

    and i love the header title, killing time is blogging time hehehe. merry christmas pards.

  2. totomai,

    thanks!…waay ko mapinsar na title abi…pero it fits on my posting style so i adapted it…

  3. Hi Cris,

    First off, congrats for the successful migration! I like this look much better than blogger. The commenting is also easier. I’ll update my blogroll to increase your technorati ranking. My other blog-friend also moved from blogger to wordpress. The Blogger issues had affected many bloggers really.

    Second, I agree with you re: zones… I remember when I was in College, I finished writing a story from midnight till dawn, that was without a break. It was like magic. That same story was published in a widely distributed Tagalog magazine.

    Third, I want to ask you a question: Is it okay with you if I “tag” you? I’m working on a post right now, and I am linking/tagging five bloggers. My post is about “Viral Linking”. If you are unfamiliar with it, then you’ll learn more about it in my next post. :P I hope you say Yes, because it will definitely increase your technorati rank, and you’ll receive a bit of a traffic, hopefully gain more readership.

    There you go. I said a lot. hehe.


  4. saedel,

    thanks for dropping by to my new site. i’m in the experimentation stage right now so it might have a new look every now and then. i’m still thinking how to categorize my post or i might leave it just like that – i.e., leave the tags from bloggers instead of categories.

    and yes you may tag me. whatever that is…hahahaha. hopefully, i’ll learn about it soon.


  5. Cris,

    Thanks for approving the tag game. ;) I’ll post my Viral Linking topic later this day (Dec. 09 = Dec 10 morning Manila Time). In that post, I’ll explain what it is and its benefits to bloggers. I really hope it increases your Technorati Rank, traffic, and readership.


  6. Hello Cris,

    Just dropping by to give you the link of the tag game:


    It’s up to you if you want to participate or not, I promise I won’t be offended. :P Regards pare.


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