May is the month I'm going to see how I feel about Patreon. I'll be posting anything new I finish there before I decide what to share on Facebook and Instagram. I'll also be posting full image sets as opposed to the 2-3 I usually share here, as well as answering technical questions. Can't hurt to try something new right? If it's a disaster we can laugh about it later. If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, you can follow the link in my bio. If not, no worries, I love you exactly the same. Thanks to the 81 of you already over there.
Almost no one gets to watch me shoot because I make most of the work I care about alone with my subjects. It has to be that way. Hopefully they feel intimate and personal because the space was intimate and personal. Having an audience almost always ruins that. That being said I'm happy to give it my best shot while I'm teaching, as was the case here shooting Jenna for the Forest and Falls workshop. The advice I was giving the students was -Try not picking your camera up until you have something you know you want to say. Stay present with your subject. Stay patient. Observe. Watch. Connect.
It makes me laugh watching myself because at the end I was so in love with how beautiful everything looked, it didn't want to look away, even for the one second it would take to find my camera.
Wrapping up my time spent teaching at the Forest and Falls workshop here in Tennessee. It's been emotional and exhausting like always. So grateful to have a life full of art and kind passionate friends.
I'll leave you with this image and the best quote I heard all week:
"My job is to go on the internet and make sure no one is pissed off". - @smcx #leica
Morning recognition of all of us constantly battling anxiety and depression. I feel you. I feel us. Nothing ever cured it for me. Creating something about never cured it for me like I thought it would. But it did lead to a lifestyle where I could honestly talk about the things I was feeling. That's better than where I started from and gives me hope that there is somewhere better than where I'm at now as well. Love to everyone still here and feeling it. Respect to those who have come before and will choose to come again.
after a long time
you get very close to making something
that feels appropriate to leave behind
about what it felt like to be here
about what it felt like to feel like
I've been shooting digital backups to my recent long exposures because I have no idea what the film will look like. Time to go back to trusting myself and loving not knowing. Here is a straight scan I just downloaded from @indiefilmlab #kodakfilm#indiefilmlab#leica
Last night I finally made images that have been on my mind for at least a year. Almost none of them seem appropriate to share on social media. Not just because of content, but because of how personal and how long I spent obsessing over the concept. I want to be working on a gallery show anyway, and the work made last night seems more suited to that. If you see them you'll see them in person, how it should be sometimes.
Sorry for the super cliche Hollywood sign pic but I just wanted to express my gratitude to LA. I've never really liked it in the dozens of times I've been here, but the last two trips have been so positive. I don't want to dislike a place in general and I'm thankful to the people and places that we're so good to me in such a short time.
Special thanks to @theused for letting me hang while you recorded, to @thetylershields for helping me with grown up photographer plans, to @kitchenmousela for being the best breakfast place ever, to @amaroqdesign for being so generous and talented, and to all my many friends who made this such a good trip.
On to a city I'll truly never love. Hahaha. I've learned nothing.