Do your clients think you’re always on call?
As a business person running your own company, it’s easy to fall into a routine of keeping your iPhone beside your bed, answering text messages and emails from the moment you open your eyes in the morning, to the moment you shut them at night.
iPads, MacBook Air, iPhone, The Cloud… all this beautiful technology to help you do the work of many makes it too easy to lose touch with what’s really important.
Join us this weekend for a one day Digital Detox. Turn all your devices off– that’s right, completely off. No “sleep mode” or airplane mode. Right off. Pick a day… Saturday or Sunday, but do it for a full 24 hours, then let us know how it went. On Friday August 7th, we’ll be shutting down at 4pm on Friday and won’t be back until Saturday at 4pm.
We believe we’ll accomplish these things and more:
– strengthen our family
– boost productivity
– sleep better
– be happier
– save a few “carbon credits”
– reduce anxiety
I had the pleasure this past spring to spend a week studying with Jay Maisel at his mansion/studio in Manhattan. Jay is considered to be one of the top 20 most influential photographers by Photo District News. He’s in good company with people like Avedon, Cartier-Bresson, Albert Watson, and more.
Jay’s advice to come well rested was fitting. Spending 5 more than full days learning from him, experiencing his work, practicing, and receiving his critique was amazing. His mansion studio drew me in warmly, and then became a comfortable, safe place to taste a lifetime of compelling art. Deeply experiencing the very heart and soul of a working photographer’s world changed my relationship to my photography, and rebooted my life in some ways.
Wood, steel, terrazzo, stained glass … everything with the patina of years of experience, the soul of the studio made it easy to let my guard down, and really hear what he had to say. In this place, anything but Jay’s complete honesty would feel wrong. I LOVED it when, presented with one of my images from the day before, he said “Ok … now you’re just yanking my chain”. He always seemed to know exactly how to be hard, compassionate, and humerous, and his love of the art form shows through.
Breaking bread with my class and our teacher was an important, and obviously well considered aspect of the week. The places we experienced were beautiful not only for their menus, but for their light and vibe also. These times were a chance to absorb a part of lower Manhattan history and culture in a way rarely experienced by so many visitors.
Jay and his team made me feel like this was my home. Each of them shared their knowledge and experience generously and genuinely. I will never forget.
“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe –