Inspired by the Gods and Goddesses

Awaking each morning we have no idea what is going to inspire us to do great things that day. As I was thinking about what I was going to name this new blog, my mind kept coming back to the word “muse”. What does that word even mean? The Wiki definition talks of nine Greek Goddesses who were the source of knowledge for the living. Giving inspiration to people practicing literature, science and the arts. The idea of a god, goddess or spirit giving someone inspiration to do something was fascinating to me. Imagine lying in bed and all of a sudden an idea ‘pops’ into your head. If you’re like me, I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I had written that idea down somehow. Good or bad, at the time you thought it was a good idea to jot it down on a piece of paper or write to the cloud on your tablet. Could it be that ideas are like seeds and if you never ‘plant them’, you’ll never know what they might grow up to be? Choosing the write ideas to nurture and grown end up being equally as important. Knowing what to give your time to and what not to. I guess in the end you have to follow your heart and trust yourself that you’re making all the right choices.

I knew that the success of any new blog or website would be in the constant flow of information and creative content. Frequently posting news and information about pinhole arts that was interesting to look at and fun to read about. Stuff that you could see yourself doing as well. We all know that when you learn how to do something new and exciting, the fruit of our labor is always beneficial.

I was hoping to come up with a one or two word title for this new site and thought this title Pinhole Muses, was short, sweet and the point. Plus I’ve always felt that there was something mythical and magical about pinhole photography. Greek Mythology and pinhole photography just seemed to go well together for some reason.

Photographic paper negative test photograph made with antiqued tin
A few days before I figured out how to get WordPress running on my server, I posted the image above  to my Facebook page. It’s a self portrait which was made during the testing of a new camera I was making for my 2013 contest. I alway like to test my cameras first at home before I let them go out into the world. One of the beauties of paper negative pinhole photography is the long exposures. I was able to change my position in front of the camera multiple times before the shutter on the camera was closed. In essence the camera is recording a period of time rather than only for one instance.” At the time I created that image I didn’t give it much thought after I processed the negative. I was more interested in seeing if the pinhole would create a sharp image and to see if any vignetting was being created. It wasn’t until later when I came back to it when I started to think about the possibilities for this creative process. More on all that as I develop out the site…

pinhole camera test image 3b

Just like anything in life that is worthwhile you have to work hard to achieve whatever it is you’re setting out to accomplish. I knew that taking on a new photo blog would take a lot of time and work on my part. But like I said above, I knew that the success of this site will be in how frequently I can update information to this blog. And for those of you that blog or have blogged in the past, you know that’s a lot of work. Generating the content and then putting into a form that’s interesting to read and to look at. I’m a lucky man though… I have lots of people that give me love and support. Actual people, not muses that give you inspiration to do your best at whatever it is you’ve set out to achieve. I want to thank you all for your continued support. May you be inspired by the very muses that have inspired me. Cheers! -Chris

Gustave Moreau, Hesiod and the Muse (1891)—Musée d'Orsay, ParisGustave Moreau, Hesiod and the Muse (1891)—Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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