Well here we are

Today is my first blog post. You would think this would be easier, talking about myself and all, from what my closest and dearest tell me. Well it’s not. It’s a bit silly really. I’m sure I am not the only person who has this feeling either. I guess that is why I named this blog Latest Distraction. That is basically how my life works. I move from one distraction to the next trying desperately to convince myself I am working hard, or learning some new invaluable technique or going as far as making the world a better place to live. I suppose some of that is true but to what degree? I am usually working hard at ‘something’ and always trying to learn something new and interesting but the ‘making the world a better place’ is usually left to about cleaning the cat litter (which is what i should be doing but instead i am writing this) and trimming the shrubbery. Not what you might call a Mother Teresa moment, but there you go. It is what it is and who I am. I hopefully will be posting some interesting and thought provoking images for people to see, perhaps some thoughtful prose and maybe a new and interesting technique I have learned. I will try to keep the shrubbery shots to a minimum. In fact, let’s get those right out of the way.

For any one who doesn’t know, these are milkweed pods. ‘Pods” may or may not be the proper name given to them by horticultural societies, but for me that name gives them so much more of a sci-fi personality. (insert distraction here) They attract monarch butterflies, which, again for those who don’t know, migrate every year to the south west USA and Mexico, some up to 2500 miles. So having a few of these in the yard is really just part of my making the world a better place. (Mother Teresa’s eyebrows move a bit here) The pods contain seeds which are attached to the lightest and most beautiful fairy-like feathery things, which can carry them away on even the slightest of breezes. Bringing them into your home is also an interesting idea. (aka distraction) The cats seem to like them and they find their way into pretty much everything and everywhere. Fortunately they are beautiful and no one really minds them too much. They are also great should you need a clever and non-descriptive background for Venom to swing through on his way to destroy what ever it is these guys seem to need to destroy.

Oh what fun…

OK…must not procrastinate any longer, like a super hero I am off to bring order to the cat litter.


About Jack Foley

Beginning my journey in the film lab business many years ago and was lucky to have some great bosses who were also great teachers. They gave me a priceless education into what happens to film during the back end, which in turn taught me, how to be a better photographer. Being a bit of a nerd I moved to digital capture pretty quickly and have never looked back. I do miss those long quite days in my darkroom, but I don't miss the toxic chemicals we used. I have shot everything form weddings to high end fashion advertising and loved most of it equally. I also teach at the Center for Digital Arts and am currently working on a new body of work that will, hopefully, inspire some and become many of this blogs topics.
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