I’m in Arizona today –
I’ll be away for four days.
If I get the chance, I’ll try to post a photo or two of what I’m doing/shooting in Arizona.
I’m really looking forward to hanging out with some of my photographer friends for a few days.
Yesterday, Paul Newman worked on me.
Hopefully, that means I’ll have good arm movement for this trip.
He also told me pretty much everything I do body-mechanics-wise is wrong.
My awkward body movements come from six and a half years of having a not-working body.
I’ve come up with my own ways to compensate and get things done.
Paul Newman disapproves of all of it.
As an example, apparently I put coats and sweaters on wrong.
(He watches me when I don’t know he’s watching me. It kind of creeped me out at first.)
He makes me take off the jacket/sweater/whatever I put on wrong and do it over.
I give him the blink-blink blank stare and ask, “What did I do wrong?”
Eventually, hopefully, I’ll move the right way without having to concentrate so hard on it.
I also stick my stomach out as far as possible and lean all weirdy-sideways-backwards when I shoot photos.
I do this in an effort to balance my arm against my body and not use it to lift the camera.
That’s, apparently, a really bad thing to do.
I know he’s right.
My stomach has learned to “lean out” all the time.
It’s not the sexiest of looks.
It’s going to take time ….
I don’t even know when I’m doing things “wrong,”
Or what the right movement is.
On the other hand –
Compared to where I was a year (or six) ago,
I’ve come a long way,
Even if I’ve gotten this far by moving all wrong.