Studying the Past – Eagerly Looking Forward

20131229-190205_©DuaneLPandorf-L1022259Studying the Past – Eagerly Looking Forward | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 35mm

As I sit here enjoying the quiet solitude of my backyard, though there is definitely a chill in the air, I can’t help but review in my mind where I’ve traveled and what I’ve seen and done this past year.

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my photography with my Leica M-E. It took me a while this past year to fully make the connection but I feel it has really become a part of me. The rangefinder focusing system was very foreign but yet I can’t see myself using another system right now.

My thoughts have also made me think about “simplification”. Not just in how simple my Leica is but how I look forward to this new year and simplifying many more things in my life.

We live in a middle sized home by most American standards but would be considered large by most other cultures. This allows one to accumulate “stuff” and have a place to put it. We’ve decided to make a major change to “downsize” our lives and will be moving the month of January into very small accommodations. Most here in the states and many of my friends will be scratching their heads wondering what in the world are you thinking?

It’s all about simplification and taking the many complications out of our life that seem to get in the way and make unnecessary challenges to our every day living. And here I’ve been the one that has been dragging their feet but realize its time to move forward, quickly. In a way, so much time has been lost, maybe not physical time, but yes, time wasted thinking, worrying, loss of quality time with family and even oneself.

This new year will be very different from any in the past. Aren’t they always? Yet how many of us start the new year with grand plans, you know, the standard new year’s resolutions, i.e., “I will lose so much weight”, “I will read so many books”, “I will travel to…”. You know the drill, we all know the drill. But what are you really going to do about it?

My photography may look very different this coming year compared to this past one as my daily views will be, well, different. I will be closer to town with more people/activity to see and share. Maybe more evenings out enjoying the varying entertainment and culinary experiences we have here. A chance to make new friends!

I hope you’ll join me on this “new” adventure as the new year arrives with a fresh look to the future. Not knowing for sure what may happen but knowing each of us can make what ever impact we’d like to achieve is possible!

So I sit here feeling fortunate to be able to enjoy some of the fruits of my labor. As a quiet cool breeze blows through the leafless trees, I’m also appreciative of the wonderful place I’m at. I will miss it dearly but I have recorded the beautiful scenes in my mind and through my photographs.

May all of you have a happy and prosperous New Year!

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