i can go where life leads me
I had a chance to sample some superior TKY this week. On recommendation, I really packed the gaiwan. Besides the tea being quite wonderful, I loved seeing the tea leaves spilling out of the top of the bowl between steeps.
I'm still kicking around the idea of making some of my images available as prints. As my own harshest critic, it's difficult to make the leap, as I find flaws in everything I am producing, even when I am happy with it for posting online.
In my home office, there is a wall where I have stuck several dozen small printed images from my own files, and many of them seem to lack a certain "pop." I've spent hundreds of hours in the past several years just studying other peoples' work, trying to understand what makes an image work, and know that my own style continues to morph and develop. Admittedly though, it's difficult to avoid processing trends, like the split-tones of which I'm so fond.
The primary result of study that I notice, is that I become more consistent and proficient (I hope.) It takes a far smaller pool of images to find one that pleases me. Someday, I might even make one that says to me "I NEED to be printed." In the meantime, I will be satisfied with continuing to learn and do, and printing images that simply say "I want to be printed."