Walking around the garden at this time of year it is not easy to remember how wonderfully cheerful and colourful the garden looked last summer. The lawn is a bog and the borders and tubs a murky brown hue of old foliage and seed heads! I cant wait to get back to the greenhouse and plant up the seeds that last year grew into wonderful plants that gave me so many flowers and so much pleasure. I can honestly say that gardening is my refuge and although there are some jobs I can get out and do, at this time of the year it is short and sweet due to the cold and I miss it! The days are becoming longer, slowly, and hopefully I will be able to get back to the greenhouse and kick start summer very soon!
When taking photos I used to look for the unusual, a different angle, something no one had done before. But with photography everyone has photographed everything a million different ways. So I decided to go back to basics and keep it simple. Find the subject, line up the camera and click, no editing, no long drawn out thought process, just see it and capture it, simplicity is all we need, in photography, in life.
You may wonder what has an image of 2 birds on a birdfeeder got to do with the title of this post, well yes I agree it may be a little tentative but let me see if I can explain my thought process….
So today I was sat at my desk considering job titles, roles and responsibilities and the necessary skills that fulfil them. What is it that leads us to believe that one person may be a better fit for a role than another? In the acting world people audition for roles, in the business world people interview for roles, so what is the difference between an audition and an interview? Stay with me here….in my opinion they are one and the same, to some degree we all act out the part that we think others want us to be. During an interview the candidate will behave in a certain manner, provide answers that they assume are what the interviewer wants to hear. In an audition you do the same, you play the part in a manner that you believe fits the character, only in an audition it is a little easier to distinguish between the actor and the character. In an interview the lines are more blurred.
Back to the title of this post, the question is during an interview are you seeing the generalist, specialist or opportunist at work and how do you ultimately make a decision? Does the person define the role or does the role define the person that you inevitably choose? Do you go with the individual who has all the skills on paper but who may lack the right personality, the person with the personality that fits the environment but who has less experience, the specialist who knows much about less or the generalist who knows little about much? It’s a tricky question and one that can lead to a bad decision.
My own preference would be to go with the generalist, someone who has a little knowledge about many areas as I believe that these individuals display a talent to absorb and utilise in a broader spectrum, with the ability to diversify and build on their knowledge. Of course it depends upon the role, but there is never a perfect fit and like the birds in the image, one may be the perfect build for birdfeeder,agile and fast, the other a perfect fit for the woodland environment camouflaged and stealthy, but as these 2 demonstrate, a willingness to learn new skills from another and adaptability are the key to success!
The skies are grey and the light as flat as the landscape, this is when photographic inspiration either rises to the surface or deserts you. Can you come up with something different even when there is nothing but familiarity and sameness around…..no big landscape or rolling sky, this is when you are tested writing a daily blog like this…..and tonight was no exception. So, what to do, resort to a library image…….I considered it, for a second, write the day off and try again tomorrow…….definately not……so what to do? Then I saw it, a tiny decorative butterfly that was in fact purchased as a Christmas decoration for my tree, only it got left on the twigs that fill a corner of my lounge, small but beautifully theatrical with it’s sequins and glitter! A few inches in stature but boy does it sparkle and shimmer, a tiny gem to catch the eye, reflected light transformed into multicoloured bokeh……a truly simple adormnment that catches the eye and holds your attention, light camera action, result!