Welcome to my new website! It's Spring. French philosopher Henry Bergson said the following: "To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly."
Just as Spring is a good time to refresh our wardrobes, it is also a good time to think about changing our direction in terms of growth. I have been thinking for a while about where I am going with my life, my goals, and my photography business. I put my nose to the ground and follow my instincts these days. So, when my friend challenged me to take a week off of Facebook, it only confirmed this sense that I needed to take some away time to re-evaluate where I was headed.
It's good to think about how I express myself, whether it be through words or images, through my relationships with people online or in the real world, or via my journal. I question my motives for learning. What do I want to do with my life? Do I need to make a full time business out of photography? Where do I find my satisfaction? In the art of creating something that I see? Or in surpassing myself on a business level?
In the end, no one can orient me but myself. I love teaching. I may continue to teach for many years, bringing with me the knowledge that I can support students' growth by showing them that they can be both creative and enterprising and pursue more than one path in their lives. We learn, we grow, we shift and change. And that's ok.
This website better reflects how I feel about photography as a whole. It is an art. A craft that you can develop. It is alive. People are alive. They are not mannequins. As well, I wanted to show a certain fluidity in subject matter. I wanted my website to show how I express in different ways, be it through the written or through images. I would love to hear from you, my reader, how you experience this space. I intend on sharing my thoughts more here, and on developing my more photojournalistic shots and stories as we go along.
For example, the other day, I was driving along the road, and I turned my car around, parked, and asked two older men if I could take some shots of them while they were chopping wood. It is a dying breed of gentlemen who still cut wood the old way, with axes.
Two men, one with his chainsaw, and the other with his axe. A story. We chatted.
The men agreed that it was a shame that times are a-changing and that few men still live like they do, brothers, helping each other out for the next Winter season, when they will heat their houses with wood. I love spontaneous conversations like this one, and this space will allow me to share such things with you all.
Of course, I will continue to do weddings this summer, as well as photograph families and children, and portraits, and events, but now, you have a chance to see the entire scope of play that I enjoy. How could one ever be bored with so much to write about and see? There are many things that I would love to do in the future. Imagine travelling around the world, and telling the stories of people, like these two? How cool would that be? Well. One must start somewhere, no? Start with what we know. You are all lovely subjects.