Posts by Paul Ottaviano

Independent image maker. Gardener. Digital frontier homesteader. Flâneur. I help my partner with her developmental story editing boutique. Pretty damn good with a cast iron skillet, too. MS will not get the best of me, but it might bring out the best in me. Happy in obscurity. Privacy + Responsible Freedom = ? Conversation is the best social media. Member | International Institute of Not Doing Much Unless otherwise noted, all work is licensed with a Peer Production, P2P Attribution-ConditionalNonCommercial-ShareAlikeLicense.

Travailler moins, produire plus

idle washing machine photo
I don’t. Or do I? Depends on perspective.

Work less, produce more.

I’m never so enthralled with still imagery, as when I flâneur and resist the yoke of doing something.

“Doing nothing, is doing something.” – Rando Sage. Big Sur, CA.

Suggested reading:

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson. Cult classic from the aughts. Worth revisiting today.

Soft Focus on Shallow Depth

rhododendron blooms
Rhododendron blooms. Darkroom print. Silberra 25 film.

Sometimes it feels as if I have a fighting spirit, with no justified cause. What justified cause there may be now, involves staying home. And gardening. Wasting less. Producing, consuming, and investing with conscience. Nurturing.

Problem being that I was not raised to nurture. Schooling and competitive culture both channeled into a loop of run, hunt, and exploit.

Nurturing seems right, especially now, but feels unsettling. How do I fight by doing less or nothing, and if active, no harm? On a superficial plane, I get it. But I don’t know how to be this way.

This is why I take one day each week, as a Secular Sabbath Day. I read theology, philosophy, sacred texts. Myths, and natural origins. I’m trying to learn how to be nurturing and adaptive.

Rationalism doesn’t quite fit. This could be ineffable. So, faith? I don’t know. My ignorance is a ghost, that I had better learn to accept and be friendly with.

Sifting Through the Drift

street photography portrait portland oregon

Portland, OR. March, 2016.

Thousands of images saved, going back years. Rather than go on another camera spree, it’s time to look back with fresh eyes and give “old” images a renewal.

Prints, eBooks, giving a photo its due here, or nothing at all. I’m going to spend my near term viewing and thinking on what I’ve done, before doing a lot more.