TALKING IMAGES 8 – PD JAMES ON PURSUING YOUR DREAMS

 


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PD James (photo credit: The Guardian)
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PD James, who died recently, was a crime novelist of great distinction.

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So no, not someone who created visual images – although many of her books became films or were adapted for television.  But, nevertheless, someone who uttered a sentiment I think crucial to anyone contemplating  embarking upon anything creative – including a photographic project, or photography itself for that matter.

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My quote is from a BBC obituary that appeared on 27 Nov 2014:

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“She began writing seriously in the mid 1950s, composing parts of her first novel while commuting to work.”

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“I realized that there was never going to be a convenient time to start that first novel …

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If I didn’t make time, find the motivation, I would be a failed writer and that would be absolutely appalling for me.”.

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Absolutely right.  If you feel the stirrings within yourself, if you feel the yearning, then go for it!  OK, you may fail, you may find that you’re not quite the wonderfully creative person you thought you were but – another basic truth – it is always better to have tried something and failed, than never to have tried it at all.

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And while I’m on this theme, three other relevancies.

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I took many well-heeled clients on safari in Kenya during the 1980s, and several advised me that, as a basic philosophy in life, no one should never put off doing important things until retirement, since none of us has any idea what the future will bring.  And so to a dreary and foreboding list – insufficient funds to attain your dream, unforeseen responsibilities or ill health that preclude it – or, worst of all, early death that precludes everything else!!!  And, ever since those wise words imparted to me out there in “the African bush”,  I’ve always made this advice a part of me.  PD James knew it too – working on her passion during her daily commute.

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And only recently I met an artist out on the Somerset Levels, doing just the same thing – in her case, reducing her working week from five days to four, to ensure sufficient free time for her creativity.

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But let’s finish with someone a little different, someone iconic – The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s  Dr Frank N Furter (photo credit: Mistress Tara):

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“Don’t dream it, be it”

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A little less restrained and rather more in your face than PD James perhaps but, nevertheless, saying just the same thing.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

6 Responses to TALKING IMAGES 8 – PD JAMES ON PURSUING YOUR DREAMS

  1. Sallyann says:

    So, if the washing isn’t done and the dishes are piling up but my saxophone playing is coming along in leaps and bounds, then I know who to blame. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Absolutely >>> I am in any case a vast believer – nay, disciple – in the matter of letting the washing up pile up, I mean, only those of little imagination tackle the dirty dishes as soon as they appear – with the fallback of putting them in the bin and going out to buy more, of course. Indeed, I used to know a couple who only ate off paper plates so that they could go straight into the bin après le repas – ah, days of wine (which used to make the cardboard party cups soggy eventually though) and civilisation!

      But, anyway, washing is done in a machine nowadays, isn’t it, so you just Feed The Beast … no no!!! not Hubby!!! … the washing machine … the washing machine!

      And although we’re sufficiently ancient to still be doing washing up in the time honoured way, don’t Bright Young Things like you (despite your recent birthday ending in a zero …) use dishwashers???????

      So, get on with the sax – all else is completely trivial!!! A

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      • Sallyann says:

        Shock horror.!! dishwasher!!!
        Have you ever heard a plate squeak with joy as it emerges clean and sparkling from a bowl of bubbles and water???
        Imagine all that steam and boiling water… And you’d never hear the dishes scream because of all that noise!!

        No, seriously, Despite being a bright young thing – and I haven’t been called that in a long long time – the only dishwashers I have are attached to the end of my wrists. 🙂

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          So, these dishwashers that are attached to the ends of your wrists, I mean, you’re just trying to come clean, are you, that’s your hands up confession, is it????????

          And maybe you should be called a bright young thing more often, I mean, hang verisimilitude, let’s go for it!!! 😉

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  2. alan frost says:

    Excellent post Adrian. Wise words of wisdom here.

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