How’s it going?
Ok so today I have something different for you; a Guest Post by my good friend Oliver Kremer that he has aptly titled Stop Dying Inside and Live Your Dreams; you’ll see why when you read it but first…
How do I know Oliver?
With friends: Terry Donnolly, Oliver Kremer and Sander Sterk when they came along to Photo Live in London sporting surprise T Shirts
Well, back in April 2013 I was teaching at a week long workshop in Germany and Oliver was one of the attendees. We’ve kept in touch ever since that week and have become good friends meeting up at other functions such as Photo Live, London where I was teaching a number of classes, The Professional Imaging Show in The Netherlands and also chatting via Google + Hangouts, Facebook etc…
In fact it was just before heading out to The Netherlands where we caught up again that actually prompted this Guest Post. I’ll let Oliver tell you exactly what it was because when he told me the BIG decision he made felt so inspirational I felt an overwhelming need to let others know.
Good on you my friend; Oliver…it’s over to you..
STOP DYING INSIDE AND LIVE YOUR DREAM
There are so many beautiful places in our world …
I had a very tough business week behind me and I flew out to Paris on that day in November 2012 to start another tough business week which I knew would be resulting in very tough decisions leading into another wave of cost cutting and headcount reductions, i.e. staff layoffs.
We had our European Management Meeting planned in Paris. So, in order to reflect on the past week and mentally prepare for the coming week I decided to take a walk through beautiful Paris to fuel myself up with energy. At the bridge “Pont Alexandre III” I rested for a while watching the Eiffel Tower casting it’s fantastic light into the foggy sky disected by the blue-ish beams on its top. I couldn’t stop watching it … after a while I realised that I was resting on a beautiful bridge with rather marvelous rich sculptures on its top.
To look at all the beauty was such a mental load removing moment and it really did give me the energy I was looking for to survive the tough, upcoming week …
I know that this was the moment when I decided I have to change my life and so as I always have my camera with me so I started thinking about how I could actually catch this moment forever and share it with my family later on; but how would I combine the bridge and the tower in a way that retains it’s beauty in front of one other and also tells the story?
That is when I positioned my self between the sculptures, waiting for that particular moment when the turning lights on top of the Eiffel Tower pointed towards the sculptures thus drawing the attention of the spectators eyes from the monument towards the small sculptures on the bridge. I can tell you it took more than an hour to catch it okay. As you can imagine I had to manage the exposure quite well to see all the details in the shadows while maintaining sufficient detail in the lights and not destroying this wonderful overall warm feeling.
Well, I got the picture and life continued with this one thing in mind … Change Your Life Oliver!!!
The picture was taken in Paris on “Pont Alexandre III” at “Quai d’Orsay” within area 75007. A bridge that is disecting the 7th (Invalides) and 8th (Petit and Grand Palais) districts in Paris. It is a 5 frame HDR with almost no post processing on top of the HDR process. I used Photomatix 5 as the HDR engine and some colour correction through Topaz’Adjust 5
Just a few of weeks ago now, I have quit my (actually very well paid) job because I realised that I was slowly dying inside not doing what I really wanted in life. I’d been working for 25 years in the IT business and had established a pretty good career but it became more and more unsatisfying.
So, I decided to start all over again by creating my own little Photography business during 2014 hoping that I’d be able to find a way to establish a living from it for my family and me.
A couple of days after I quit my job, one of the first things I did, was take out this very special photograph from my archives and share it with the community as it was the ignition for the move I made. I shared it on National Geographic and surprisingly it became published as part of their “Daily Dozen” ; a selection of twelve pictures every day on National Geographic and then went on to be published in National Geographic’s “I Heart My City” assignment for the story.
Some days later I was contacted by a National Geographic Photography Editor out of Washington DC telling me that they wanted to run this photograph as the “Photo of the Day” and asked if I was ok with that. Well I quite literally fell off my chair when I read that and I am very proud to say that this picture meanwhile did become “Photo of the Day” Worlwide on National Geographic’s web page on March 27th, 2014, and at it’s highest peak it got over 14,000 shares on Facebook, over 7800 shares on G+ and about 500 Tweets on Twitter.
Glyn, Frank Doorhof and living Photography Legend Joe McNally have personally signed a printed version of this photograph for me on the weekend whilst at The Professional Imaging Show in The Netherlands.
This picture will take pride of place in my new studio office reminding me of the day when I decided to change my life to live my dream. With the signatures on it of some of the photographers I’ve admired for quite a while now it will also remind me of the wonderful people supporting me.
All the best to all of you,
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