Moments before going on at #litcrawl in San Francisco. In case you don’t know, my real dream is to be a writer. I think about this all the time but have no idea if I actually have the chops to do it. I guess there is only one way to find out. Ask my social media audience? Kidding! This photo was made in Clarion Alley where the readings were going hot and heavy.
I’ve shot a fair number of weddings over the years. By industry standards, not many at all, but in normal human terms I’ve seen my share.
The wedding photography industry, at least to me, is a strange beast. It’s hugely successful, which is nice to see in a rapidly shrinking professional photography world. I just never fit in. But, this isn’t really a surprise to anyone. I remember my parents telling me that THEY never fit in in life, so I’m not sure why I would have expected anything different. I did weddings for a variety of reasons. I always had the client in mind, but I also had my own feelings front and center while I was navigating my way through these shoots.
I would end up in little places, during little moments and I would know I was where I needed to be. I tried to make photographs that summed up these little “encounters” but the client was not always what I was thinking about. I would let my mind flow to whatever region it needed to flow. Sometimes the influence was music, other times literature. I would see daylight visions of different times, eras and regions. Imagine daydreaming, or creatively daydreaming, in the middle of the shoot. Maybe that is the best way to describe it.
In some cases these images became critical later on. In other cases they were never seen or used, but regardless, they were very important to me.
This little grouping is one such case. I think the elements caused my little adventure. The wind, the cold, the water. It was grand, and allowed just a little “pop” in my brain. I was freed, for just a few moments. Click, or “clunk” I should say, as I was using the Hasselblad. A respite. A moment, just for me, but perhaps for someone else. Nothing more, nothing less.
A few recent Instagram images. I wrote about this before but I really like this app. I often use it in tandem with Blurb Mobile, so check out my Mobile page if you are interested in how they work together. Or, you can see a few of the short Mobile pieces on my You Tube page.
These last two images are from the “New Mexico Project,” my ongoing look at this state I love so much. There is also a Facebook page regarding this project, which I just started, turned on, created, etc. My goal with this, as I’ve stated before, is to get the people IN the photographs, and their friends, involved in the dialogue regarding the project. I’ve never shared work as I go, but I’m actually really enjoying it. Instagram images are an integral part of the plan. Here is a link to the Facebook Page.
I wanted to let everyone know about the upcoming Blurb workshops. A great series, with some fun people showing fun things.
SUBJECT: Blurb Photography Book Workshop series
This June we’re hosting the Blurb Photography Book Workshop series, featuring photographer Dan Milnor, graphic designer Bob Aufuldish, and Lightroom guru Jerry Courvoisier. In these 4-hour workshops you’ll learn about the principals of book design, editing your images in Lightroom for optimum results, and how to use Blurb books to promote your work.
You can also participate in a photography book review prior to the workshop. Having your work reviewed is NOT a requirement to attend the workshops. Once you purchase a ticket for the photography book review, we’ll contact you to set up a specific time to review your work.
Photography book reviews begin at 4:00 pm; the workshop kicks off at 6:00 pm (expect it to last until about 10:00 pm).
All the details are below, and we hope to see you there.
San Francisco – RSVP at http://blurbworkshopsf.eventbrite.com
New York – RSVP at http://blurbworkshopnyc.eventbrite.com
London – RSVP at http://blurbworkshoplondon.eventbrite.com
Chicago – RSVP at http://blurbworkshopchicago.eventbrite.com