Gone Fishing

“He liked fishing and seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Perhaps Mr. Tolstoy was a bit harsh with his sweeping damnation of fishing in his famous 1873 novel, though perhaps not. It isn’t by any means something I can see myself doing at this stage of my life. I’m typically rather energetic and need to be able to get up and move often. In fact, one of the main reasons I’m able to make it through an hour-long church service is that handshaking, kneeling, standing, page-turning and pretending to sing are all part of the standard SDA liturgy. During many of the years that I found myself wasting away in corporate conference rooms, sitting through pointless meetings called solely for the purpose of validating the chairperson, I constantly wrestled with this problem. It was under those conditions that I learned boredom and mandated non-creativity will greatly exacerbate my condition.

This is one of the reasons I enjoy photography so much: it requires movement. Whether it’s a subtle shift of camera angle, a change in position or interaction with a client, there is movement and there is expression; there is creativity and the excitement and challenges that go hand-in-hand with the creative process.

As an adult, I’ve consistently been a big proponent of efficiency and productivity. I like to think of every click of the shutter as a decision made. I can make more decisions in an hour now than my corporate bureaucracy-laden meeting schedules accomplished over a month. That’s both efficient and productive and makes my OCD demons quite happy.

"Gone Fishing" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/4.0 at 1/640 sec., 85 mm

“Gone Fishing” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 100, f/4.0 at 1/640 sec., 85 mm


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Idiom #2: On the Fence

on the fence

Fig. not able to decide something; unable to come to a decision.

The problem with being on the fence for too long is that it can lead to no activity or progress at all. Failure to act, over a prolonged period of time, typically leads to the death of an idea or goal.

If it’s truly important to you, get off the fence.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec. at f/6.7, Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 lens

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/250 sec. at f/6.7, Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 lens

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Idiom #1: Jumping The Gun


1. An expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements.

Jump the gun:
to do something too soon, especially without
thinking carefully about it.


UPDATE: There have been dozens of hits on this page from Google searches for “jump the gun” during the months of June and July (2012). I’m curious as to what class at what school is doing research on idioms! Any others you’d like to see illustrated photographically?