Wednesday, September 23, 2009
So I've been blogging for almost a year now, and this is my hundredth post. For the past year this blog has been a consistent reminder of what I am dedicating my professional and personal life to, so 100 posts seems like a really good milestone.
As timing is everything, it amuses me that this milestone comes as I am in the process of packing up my life into plastic tubs to move 750 miles away. Not only that, but it also comes the day after the Autumnal Equinox. I am pretty high on faith in the universe right now. On the upside I actually get to start interviewing and shooting for my project in a couple of weeks; on the downside (because of packing, organizing, cleaning etc.) I have had no time to shoot since Sunday.
Above is an old shot that I took at the Millennium March on Washington back in 2000. I hopped on a plane at the last minute (for 27 dollars) and flew up to DC to explore the rally for the long weekend on a 150 dollar budget. I didn't have hotel reservations, but I went anyway, trusting that I could figure it out. On the plane I ran into a couple of friends who were headed to DC for the same reason and they cut me in on their room. The trip was wonderfully productive, a bit of a stretch financially, but the risk really paid off.
Recently I have been going through a lot of shots from around 1999/2000. At the time I was using my first SLR and had no formal training, but I always looked forward to going someplace new and always managed to come out with shots I loved. I feel that kind of inspiration and enthusiasm now, but with the much more specific focus that comes with experience, education, and training. Below are some other portraits from around the same time period.
Music: MIKA - The Boy Who Knew Too Much