Monthly Archives: January 2011

Usual and Ordinary

31 days in to a 365-day project feels too early to indulge in self-congratulatory behavior. and yet

maybe just a little. last year at this time i had pushed and cajoled myself into 31 lousy days of images that didn’t show anything if they didn’t show my lack of dedication to the project. oh, i kept going, for a while. but my ambivilance got the better of me and i petered out around day 84.

shortly after crying ‘uncle’ i wrote these words:

‘My camera does not cause me to separate from the events around me at all. The reality is just the opposite. My camera causes me to engage deeply in what I see. Tiny moments that may have otherwise gone unnoticed become forever etched in the colors of my memory and large overwhelming events are suddenly broken down into manageable pieces.

I walk through days of usual and ordinary and I see things that are anything but. Light becomes a commodity when you’re a photographer and it takes on shapes and forms that brighten even the darkest days.’ (originally posted on July 11, 2010)

creative awakenings come in all forms and sizes and at that moment mine came in the form of a broken camera and less pressure on myself. when a major element of the project was off the table (use your new camera until it becomes an extension of your hand) i was released from the pressure of the assignment and began to find my way (back to?) the true purpose.

right now this project is equal parts meditation and classroom with a heavy helping of challenge thrown in for good measure.

i’m guessing, though,  if you check back with me next week i’ll have a different take on the whole thing.

(please note that if you’d like to see the rest of january’s images they are all here. going forward, i plan to post them all on this page.)

In Which I Eat My Words

Yes, well. When I said ‘bring it on’ I admit I was being a bit cocky and wasn’t exactly expecting to be challenged to that extent. It seems that it hasn’t stopped snowing for the last 20 days (I may be exaggerating for effect here) and that my children never go to school anymore (again with the exaggerations) and that our front door is snowed shut. (You’re getting the idea, right?) While I still hold that it’s lovely, it’s becoming somewhat inconvenient. Productivity levels have dropped to near-zero levels and cabin fever has set in a bit earlier in the season than usual.

On the news front I’d like to share with you that during the month of March some selections of my work will be hanging in a group show in a gallery in Ft. Lauderdale and others will be represented on the gallery’s website. In support of that I’ve also launched an online print shop and updated my website to separate out the portrait work from the fine art. I’ll be adding images to the print shop over the coming weeks and if you have any requests, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

And lastly, going forward, I’ve decided to scrap the separate ‘Project 365‘ page and post my 365 images here on the blog.