Monday, March 27, 2017

The Picture of Health | Jim Crotty Prints at Miami Valley Hospital

I'm happy to announce the photographs I captured on assignment last summer are now installed as backlit wall display prints at the soon-to-be opening of the remodel of the Rubicon Cafeteria at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. I am very thankful for the business and opportunity. This project was a creative collaborative effort with Deck the Walls and App Architecture.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Dismal Pit | The Human Heart as a Plaything

So many people chase after an entirely false definition of success and in so doing, grow this culture of usery that not only permeates their professional lives but rapidly carries-over to their personal lives, reeking havoc. As a result most of us are starved for authenticity, affection and affirmation.

I believe it to be the epidemic that is destroying us from within.

It has become so bad and dark these days. Perhaps it’s because of my perspective at 52 years of age and so many experiences already behind me. Two failed marriages, one failed engagement and a plethora of failed relationships, mostly due to my own stupid fears, and well, just being dumb. I’m talked about as an “embarrassment to the family name.”

I see it differently, especially in light of the lesson I am about to share. And the fact that I am a single, full-time dad of teenage daughters.

From all those learning experiences I can now clearly and unequivocally state the absolute disdain I have for the casual, business-like approach these days toward human intimacy. How can that lead to anything good? Seriously. Has it ever? It's nothing but darkness, and when it is done quid pro quo for business, well hell, it doesn't get any darker than being in that place!

Also, I've traveled for business before, for several different employers in different areas of the country. I've also lived in a resort destination in South Carolina. I have a sister who currently lives in one, in Boca Raton, Florida. It has now become the norm rather than the exception with the illicit hook-ups that go on in hotel rooms among mostly married people attending company events and conventions. She tells me stories that make my skin crawl. I'm not kidding. It's just the way to do business which is fueled by an abundance of alcohol and other drugs. "Oh well just put that one down on the company expense report."
It is unfreaking-believable.

The damage being done is catastrophic and everyone is afraid to talk about it.

How about that one for a “WTF.”

The human heart is sacred. It’s where the soul resides in this earthly existence. To play with someone’s heart - as if it were disposable like a plastic water bottle - will ALWAYS, ALWAYS lead to a blackness that no amount of money or self-medication will conquer. In fact both will bury the pit that much deeper!

The guilt and shame of playing with another person's heart can not be disguised either by half-efforts at pretend “friendship” on Facebook and best budship after that line of intimacy has been crossed and a heart devoted. Here too, the pit only gets deeper and darker. "Here, have another drink."

I speak from very painful experience. I know this to be true.

Everyone now has accepted life as one, big episode of “Survivor.” “I’m going to get mine and to hell with you.”

There is only one way out of that kind of life, if you can even call it a life.
What’s so disgusting these days is that it has become the norm for people approaching their senior years!!! And with grandchildren!!! Holy crap.

See, that’s what is so depressing these days. Back in my 20s I went overboard with those stupid, stupid behaviors. I hurt people. I carry that to this day and always will. The difference today is that I see people well into their 50s and 60s doing it even more than when they were younger!

We’ve created these corporate/social environments that actually promote the very behavior that rips apart loving relationships and families, all in the name of profit and this demented view of “success.”

Kids are imitating it in schools and on college campuses. They are being taught that treating people as objects to be used for their own benefit is perfectly fine. The hook-up culture must be ok because they see their parents doing it, right?

Social media has intensified the game while furthering the detachment.

It is not ok. It is dark. It is wrong. It is evil.

For those you mistakenly believe that there’s nothing wrong with the dismal path of human usery, keep going and just see where you end up. I am going to fight for the real deal. Even if I never find it, or it never finds me, I’d rather be alone and true to love than live lonely and painfully mistaken. I will keep the fire. I refuse to settle for anything less.

If you are reading this and it is hitting close to home, it is not too late to turn in the right direction.
Please.

I now know where I stand.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2nd Spring Nature Photography Workshop Added for May 2017

I'm happy to announce that I have added a second, full day nature photography workshop for May 2017. In addition to the workshop in Hocking Hills Ohio on Saturday May 6th I will also be presenting a workshop at Cox Arboretum MetroPark near Dayton Ohio on Saturday May 20th. Both programs will be based on mastering the craft and art of spring nature photography. I present my workshops as an effective balance between both in-classroom instruction and field instruction, culminating in a review of select images from the students. The majority of my workshop students are those just starting out with their first DSLR camera but I also make it a point to include advanced instruction for the more experienced photographers. Additional details and registration information is available at http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/photography-workshops
 May 20 2017 Spring Nature Photography Workshop in Dayton Ohio

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Learn the Art of Spring Nature Photography in Hocking Hills



Join Professional Photographer Jim Crotty as he returns to his favorite location in Ohio for nature and landscape photography, to do what he loves - teaching the art of capturing images and composing subjects and scenes in what he considers the best time of year in Hocking Hills - spring.

Jim will be leading a small group (his workshops are limited to 20 participants) along the best trails in Hocking Hills for capturing stunning imagery of the Hemlock-filled forests, waterfalls, streams and spring flora.

Instruction will be held both on the trail and in the classroom at The Inn at Cedar Falls - the perfect centralized location within the Park for easy access to the most scenic areas. From discovering or enhancing the photographer’s creative vision to grasping the technicalities of nature photography with the DSLR camera, Jim will be sharing his favorite tips and techniques for composing nature imagery that tells the true story of the true beauty of this special place.

Beginners are welcomed as well as advanced photographers. Jim is known for workshops that provide a valuable and fun learning experience for all who attend.

The cost is $100 per person for the full-day workshop (8AM to 5PM) which includes professional guidance and instruction, handout materials and lunch at The Inn at Cedar Falls. Fee does not include transportation and accommodations. Workshop participants who choose to stay overnight at The Inn at Cedar Falls will receive a special workshop discount.

To register please email jim@jimcrotty.com or call 937-896-6311. Once again this workshop is limited to the first 20 people who register so please email or call soon.