“Yin and yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary forces, unseen (hidden, feminine) and seen (manifest, masculine), that interact to form a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects as light could not be understood if darkness didn’t exist, and shadow cannot exist without light.”- Wikipedia.
I live in 2 worlds and one could argue that they are polar opposites. I, however, believe they are complementary. What most people do not understand though is how much I need both to stay in equilibrium.
During working hours, much like the rest of the world, I have a 8 to 5 job, I am a software developer. This is a very mentally taxing job but that is not the Yin, the Yin is the fact that more often than not it a very logical process. Software development is a bit like an attempt at being Vulcan, pure logic. The human race was not conceived to be that way and, though I love what I do, I needed a creative outlet, one that I was able to grow into and enjoyed, my Yang.
I tried a few hobbies but could never find the balance I was searching and then one day I returned to something I had done as a kid, photography. I loved it, I could not wait to return to a game reserve and observe wildlife, shoot it and come back with my photographic trophies, all without ever killing anything. It was all about the hunt. I still have many of my photographs of that time of my life hung in frames around my house. I regularly return to the hunt and, with some chance, come back with one of these photographic trophies. I have since changed my photography style and evolved my photographic eye.
Nowadays, I shoot a lot of landscape, cityscapes and interiors HDR photography. Some times to make and take on a job and do some studio work in hopes that I will be able to buy a new “toy” with the income. It keeps me out of mischief and I find it very satisfactory, I am not talking contentment but real well being with a real sense of satisfaction and achievement.
All this to say, photography is my Yang have you found yours?
Side note, I know I have been rather quiet lately expect this to last a couple more months, I am studying and getting new certifications in my Yan (Development). But you can always follow me on Facebook where I regularly post new photos. You can also find me on Flickr, Google +, 500px, Twitter, Pinterest and Linkedin.
Pascal's day job is as a technologist but you can mostly find him behind a camera after hours. As a passionate photographer he regularly shares his experiences with the world. From how-to to reviews you will find it all in his regularly updated blog and other places.