Into the New

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We are about a week into a new year—well, that is for those of us who live by the Gregorian calendar at least. Usually entering into a new year is a time when a lot of us make up status for ourselves and formulate new goals for the year to come. However, New Year’s resolutions are easy to put down on paper, but much harder to follow up and actually put into life. As such, every new year is but a trail of broken resolutions left behind.

Nevertheless, personally I think it’s important to make up status for ourselves and make some goals for what we want to achieve over the next year. Having learned by repeated experiences how hard it can be to follow various New Year’s resolutions, I believe in positive goals.

Making yourself exercise more when you hate to exercise or eat healthier when you would rather not have salads at all or don’t want to abandon sugar, is going to be hard to follow up. In order to make it happen it’s important to find ways around the goals so that they come out as something positive, as something you would actually love to do, rather than forcing yourself through a regime you only hate, anyway. The latter approach will only last so long before you abandon it.

As for myself, I exercise quite a bit and eat quite healthy so that’s not a problem for me. Luckily, I could add. One of the problems I am facing—as I wrote about in a post last year—is a media business, which has faced and is still facing big structural challenges. As a photographer working for various magazines and publications, I feel this very much, with fewer assignments and less work. This disruption—as economists talk about—is by far new, but really hit me for the first time at the end of last year.

My usual solution would be to work harder, put more energy into fighting the tides, because I am sure this is only tide, too, albeit a whopping one. However, this year I have decided to go down a different path. Instead of fighting against the tide, I will rather let go of the reins. I am going to do things I want to do rather than things I think I need to do to keep my business running. I want to explore various creative paths, let myself have fun and find ways to my most creative self. Maybe in the end it will also result in a more stable business for me, but, of course, it’s not given. However, I don’t want to waste my life—or at least this year—doing tasks that I feel is not worth spending time on. At the same time, I see that I am fortunate in that I have sufficient funds and savings to be able not to worry about a loss of income, for a period at least.

One of the goals for this year is putting more effort into writing books about creativity and photography. This is not a new thought, but after the encouragement a lot of you, my readers, gave me last year, I have decided it’s really time to do more than think about it. Thus, I want to thank you for pushing me in this direction.

Talking about the blog, over the next couple of months I will restructure this blog, and launch new ideas and thoughts for it, which I hope will make it more interesting to read and enjoy. Over the holidays, I have had a couple of weeks off from blogging and it’s been good. There is always some pressure in keeping a blog alive, and taking time off, have brought back the inspiration and lust to develop it in new directions and adding new substance to it. I hope it’s going to reflect my new approach to let myself be more creative.

As an extension of what I write here, I want to thank you all for the patience during the time I have been away from cyber space. It’s time to get going again, and I hope we can have a fun year together exchanging thoughts and ideas. I wish you all the best for the new year.

Facts about the photo: The photo was taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-100, the lens set at 10.9 mm which is the equivalent of a full frame 24 mm. Shutter speed: 1/250 of a second. Aperture: f/13. The photo was processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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100 Responses to Into the New

  1. niasunset says:

    So beautiful, photograph. Thank you dear Otto, Happy New Year. Love, nia

  2. paula graham says:

    Lovely winter photo and I look forward to your ‘new style blog’ .

  3. modestly says:

    Happy New Year Otto – making time work best for us is a balancing act – good luck with your endeavours – the importan tthing to remember is to enjoy it!

  4. Elaine- says:

    yes! Happy, joyous, creative, New Year, Otto!! I’m glad you have a financial cushion that will allow you to explore creativity in the way you want to; in the way that makes your heart satisfied… Can’t wait to see what you do with this blog!!

  5. Will look forward to your new direction!

  6. RuneE says:

    Godt Nytt År og lykke til!

  7. Vicki says:

    Love the image (and Happy New Year to you too. Otto).

    I think it is important for everyone to have breaks from blogging. Many of us spend way too much time online and gradually it becomes too structured interrupting our creativity and spontaneity.

    Look forward to seeing which direction you take.

    I vowed to do more Photography (and less blogging) in 2017, but it’s been too hot to go outdoors for the most. But I have been very successful in reducing my online time and getting back to reading (not an easy thing for me these days).

    • You are quite right in that the internet seems to suck out whatever time we have. But of course, it can also be an outlet for creativity, as your blog is an example of. I wish you all the best for 2017, Vicki.

  8. shoreacres says:

    It’s so nice to have you back, Otto. What you say about your plans for the new year sounds intriguing and wise. As you’ve already seen, it’s only January 9, and I’ve accomplished two of my goals for the year: the new blog template, and the revision of my “About” page. I can’t remember ever keeping a resolution, so this is quite an achievement. I think you’re spot on when you say that resolutions that provide a pleasurable outcome will be more easily kept. It certainly was true with my first two goals.

    I’m looking forward to the new year, and clearly you are too. It is going to be fun to see how all of us grow and change, and to see what surprises lie ahead.

  9. Otto, will await your reinvention of the blog. Your image conjures thoughts of how important quiet and solitude is to one’s well being.

  10. Mary says:

    Change, and trying new things is always a good idea. I don’t normally write down goals, or give much thought to them for the New Year. I did this year however, and I’m actually excited about new projects, and fresh ideas. I wrote this post talking a bit about the goals for 2017. And I am very excited for a new blog look, and a book from you.
    http://talesfromthebackroad.com/what-exactly-is-a-professional-photographer/

  11. rangewriter says:

    Love the photo. It is has everything, the frost, the snow, the rising sun, the beauty, the crackling cold….

    I also applaud your new strategy of working for yourself rather than chasing elusive paying gigs. It is a blessing that you have a rainy day fund. Hopefully, during this self-development period, you will stumble into a new avenue of commercial success. I say stumble, not because I envision you as awkward and bumbling, but because it has been my experience that new avenues often surprise us when we allow our gaze to broaden. I hope that will be your experience.

  12. Alexandra says:

    I believe in positive goals too 🙂 new directions are always good, happy new year 🙂
    the photo is gorgeous!!

  13. Gorgeous photo – makes winter look appealing😉. It is a difficult time out there for journalists and photojournalism Otto. I like your attitude and look forward to hearing more about your changes and responses to this challenge.

  14. brickthomas says:

    I wish you the best on your journey and look forward to your creation. Brick

  15. Sue says:

    Good luck with your new endeavours, Otto….I hope it works well, and above all, you enjoy life!

  16. Heartafire says:

    A stunning photograph Otto, especially since I must live “Winter” vicariously. I appreciate very much your inspiring words, It is wonderful to read your enthusiastic outlook on life. Wishing you good health, happiness, and prosperity in the New Year.
    Holly

  17. YellowCable says:

    Like Heartafire, the picture you have here is gorgeous winter scene. I just love it. For you next endeavor, I wish you the very best for whatever you decide to do next. Cheer!

  18. Otto, thanks for sharing found it interesting and motivation. Belated happy new year..and all the best with 2017.

  19. Looking forward to watching your journey, Otto.

  20. Tiny says:

    It is nice to see you back, Otto! And with new vigor, willingness and means to follow the path you feel is right for you. I believe that when we do what we love, there will be success.

  21. I applaud you for taking a creative leap and trying something new. Go for it!
    You’re inspiring me to try something new also. I’ve considered starting a second blog, in my own voice, about life on the farm where I live. Looking forward to seeing you grow, Otto.

  22. Lisa Gordon says:

    Beautiful photograph, Otto, and whatever direction you decide to take, I will see you there.
    I wish you all the most wonderful things in the New Year, my friend.

  23. You have such a gift for inspiring others and teaching, that I think you will be very successful. Even though I don’t have as much time for photography anymore, I continue reading your blog because your posts don’t just apply to photography. Good luck!

  24. treesshrubs says:

    Such a thoughtful, reflective and positive post…i wish you a happy and fulfilling new year….also a large helping of gratitude for your wisdom and your images….i look forward to your posts from the northern hemisphere …Trees from down under 😊

  25. Jane Lurie says:

    I enjoy your posts and your honesty, Otto. Always good to reset, rethink and find new paths. Your posts have helped in my creative pursuits which I appreciate including your recommendation of the Lumix— your landscape shot is wonderful. Wishing you a creative and fruitful 2017. I look forward to the next step.

  26. Susan Iseman says:

    Such a beautiful picture..I can “hear” the quiet and feel the air…I wish for you and yours a very Happy New Year filled with love and wonder. Sometimes we “try” too hard to create what we want. May many magical “happenings” fill the New Year!

  27. Otto, what an exciting time for you. I have always enjoyed your posts for the way in which you search for the meaning behind making a photograph and the questions that you raise about the creative process. My sense is that you have opened a door to new ways to see for your readers, and that is no small thing. I wish you every good thing as you “drop the reins” and range wider and deeper on your own creative path – a wonderful new year to you!

  28. elizz says:

    love the photo.. so serene and breathtaking… in my country there is no snow so i really find it appealing.. happy new year too and looking forward to your future posts…

  29. I feel like I’m living a different version of the same kind of challenges you’re facing lately, but coming up with similar conclusions and plans. Here’s to hoping that this year proves profitable for both of us!

  30. Good luck with your goals – I’m not going to say ‘resolutions’ because no one ever keeps them! 😀
    Finding time to blog regularly is a problem for me and I went through a phase of feeling that it had to be done; as you say it creates an unnecessary pressure that can ultimately stifle ourselves rather than drive us on.

  31. Louis says:

    Otto you have a gift for inspiring others and for challenging lazy thinking. I have no doubt that your new venture will enable you expand your creative influence in different directions. Very good wishes as you go!

  32. Happy New Year, Otto! It does sound like you have a sound plan for you and your business to evolve into something you will love. I wish you only the best as you walk down this path which will sometimes seem scary. But, you aren’t walking alone. Every one of us who enjoys an appreciate you sharing your words, ideas and photos will be walking along to see where you go.

  33. LensScaper says:

    Great to read your plans for the New Year, Otto. I’m just an amateur photographer but when, a few years ago, I decided to stop being competitive and stopped looking for the next exhibition acceptance etc and decided to work entirely for my own pleasure and not to follow the latest fashionable idea to get credit, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders and am now a lot more relaxed, and I think more creative with my own work.
    I’m delighted to hear you are considering a book about creativity. Your writing on this difficult topic has always inspired me and I quote you regularly (properly attributed) when I speak to Camera Clubs. All the best with your plans.

    • Thank you for those encouraging words. I feel honoured that you are quoting me in various settings. As to what you write, I think this change of attitude or approach from pushing towards external goals to try to align with yourself is the only way to go if you want to become as creative as you can and create expressions that are able to touch others. And that’s what I will try to emphasize more this coming yea, too.

  34. Wishing you all the best in 2017 Otto, I’m very much looking forward to reading many more of your posts throughout the year.

  35. thirdeyemom says:

    Best of luck Otto! I look forward to seeing what you do!

  36. Alli Farkas says:

    I actually prefer bloggers who do not overwhelm me with posts. That way, when I see one of their occasional posts I’m excited to see what they have to say, what they’ve discovered, what they’ve accomplished since the last communication. In fact, one of my criteria for subscribing to a blog or not is how many (that is, few) times a week I’m going to see a post!

    • An interesting point. And I think in many cases we tend to talk too much, whether in “real” life on in the blog world. For me it’s less about quantity than quality, indeed. Thanks for your comment, Alli.

  37. behrm says:

    Lovely Otto. It looks very much like home. Low sun, snow and water. 🙂
    And yes, explore what makes you happy. Life is too precious not to be doing what brings you joy.
    Monika

  38. I like your article, very inspiring and thank you for your post

  39. I really like that photograph. Good luck with your goals for this year, what I can really appreciate is your underlying approach to them.

  40. Dina says:

    Det klinger spennende, Otto. Godt Nytt År og lykke til med alle dine mål! 🙂

  41. Dina says:

    What a gorgeous winter landscape!

  42. Robin says:

    Beautiful image. I look forward to your new blogging structure, your new thoughts, and new ideas. And your book! 🙂

  43. Roland Theys says:

    Happy New Year to you, Otto
    Good photo!

  44. bluebrightly says:

    I say, go for it! You have a nice conversational tone in your writing – a good balance between the warmth of your voice and the didactic part. And a lot of material already exists, right here. Adhering more to that inner voice that wants to go in different directions will serve you well in the long run, even if it means less income for now.

  45. monica amberger says:

    Helt underbar bild Otto. Önskar dig God fortsättning och lycka till med dina nya idéer och projekt.
    Väntar med spänning.
    Bästa hälsningar.

  46. Miriam says:

    Wonderful aspirations for the year ahead. I’m also not a firm believer in new year resolutions however I am in the process of creating a vision board and I do believe in following our passions. You’re obviously doing that. All the best to you this year Otto.

  47. Looking forward to reading — and seeing — your adventures in 2017.

  48. Inger says:

    An interesting read Otto, and I am looking forward to what we will see from you this year on the blog:)

  49. Looking forward to all your new ideas!

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