Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Job and Samuel Gottscho

Exactly two weeks after I received notice that I would be laid off, I accepted a new job at my company. Many thanks to each or you who encouraged me during this time. A lay-off can happen again, to either of us, just about any time.

This was an interesting experience. It opened my mind to many ideas, and tested my understanding of how the world works. I plan to write more about these subjects later. In the mean time, if you want to put yourself in the best possible position to endure a lay-off, I recommend Keith Ferrazzi's book, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time Ferrazzi's approach has worked well for me. He writes:

There has never been a better time to reach out and connect than right now. The dynamic of our society, and particularly of our economy, will increasingly be defined by interdependence and interconnectivity. In other words, the more everything becomes connected to everything and everyone else, the more we begin to depend on whom and what we’re connected with. 

Now that life is returning to "normal," I'd like to show you some photographs by Samuel Gottscho. They are incredible, romantic visions. I don't think it's possible to see Mr. Gottscho's photographs of New York, without wanting to pack your suitcase and race to Manhattan. 

Even in photography, we see what the artist wants us to see. The image is processed through a machine, but it is the artist's eye that determines the feeling expressed. Spend five minutes with Samuel Gottscho, and you'll never mistake his photographs for anyone else's. 


Mr. Gottscho came to photography late in life. He couldn't quit his job in sales and concentrate on taking photographs until he was 50 years old. Fortunately for us, he was blessed with a long life. He said he did his best work around age 70. His example gives hope to people like me, who wasted their youth. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey John Paul,

Congratulations on your new job!!! I'll call you on Monday.

Best Regards,