Sometimes we work too much. Correction: Mostly, we work way too much. And by we, I don’t mean just me and Kristen. I mean, We The Masses.
And, especially, artists who often become successful (I’ll throw my name in that pot if only for the fact I’ve lived off my camera for 10 years.) often find themselves doing more client work than they ever dreamed they would be. Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I’m even relatively approaching that point of my work, but, occasionally, I do feel the personal (melo)drama of wanting to go out and just… shoot. So, over this winter, as over 2 1/2 feet of snow crippled our state, I found the self-motivation and opportunity to do that. And, I can’t tell you how GREAT it was. I drove hundreds of miles, went someone I’d never been before, got on a boat, and when I got there, I made something. Really, as a photographer, there is nothing better than that. Have an experience. Document or create something. Bliss obtained.
And, so, I have this to show you:
As I was so heavily involved in commercial work for the last decade, I haven’t really seen my work in print much since, well… since college, really (and sadly). So, I see these going on a wall. My wall if no where else. But, hopefully, on a wall where more people than me, my wife, my kid and our nearest and dearest will see them.
So, yes, three cheers for personal work. And a fourth for simple motivation.