May 2019 | Issue no. 36 | by mark shaiken

John Kennedy wrote: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” For me, the past and some of the present have been about sports photography … but not exclusively. My love for photography goes beyond competitions and the competitors. do :: or :: diso was born out of a hope to share with readers some of what makes sports photography so special for me. But, as currently conceived, do :: or :: diso is a limiting vehicle because it largely ignores all of the other types of photography and with that ignorance, the rest of the world in which we live. And, while some of the techniques and tricks employed in the world of photography have analogous application in the world of sports photography, many do not and therefore, do :: or :: diso as currently conceived, misses them.

After some thought over the past few months I have decided to change do :: or :: diso, and by doing so, restructure and reimagine it to be about photography, not just sports photography. It will retain the same delivery of short, to the point, essays and tutorials, but it will no longer be compelled to draw solely from the world of sports to enforce the essays and tutorials. Rather, do :: or :: diso will now be about a larger world of photography, which will still include, but no longer will be limited to, the world of sports photography. The expansion of topics should be liberating for me. I hope you will find the expansion to be more relevant and thought-provoking than just sports photography.

As always, do :: or :: diso is free and you can easily subscribe by clicking above. Please do. You can’t beat the price, and hopefully, you will find the periodic issues interesting and well worth the read.

As the great Wayne Gretzky said: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” So together, let’s start making some images in photographic genres that heretofore, were not in the do :: or :: diso vocabulary, and have fun with it. Hopefully, the expanded do :: or :: diso will work for you. Maybe it will be a success and maybe it will be a failure. But, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” (Michael Jordan). So, let’s try this experiment together because one day when my life flashes before my eyes, I am hopeful it will be worth watching and perhaps a reimagined do :: or :: diso will be part of that show.

To start this new beginning, the offering this month is something very simple:  some images to reflect other things in life besides sports which may provide a glimpse of some do :: or :: diso things to come.  Enjoy.




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