It has been a category on this blog since the beginning, dating back to 2003. At that time I am not sure many even knew what the heck a blog was. I know I didn’t, until I started playing around with the whole concept. It is amazing how fast technology and its use catches on. Now, if you do not have a blog, you are missing out on a major marketing and news tool for you business. From a growth perspective, I sometimes think I have been stagnant since 2003. That nothing in my life is any different. When I sit down and actually reflect upon it all, I realize that almost everything has changed. Except for the fact that I don’t think and act like a 40 year old and I will never listen to that crappy elevator music I remember my parents listening too. For me it is Heavy Metal til’ death do us part. Whoops, sorry, wrong soapbox.
So why the drop of the Photo of the Month? Simply, like everything else, life changes. I feel that the Photo of the Month category does nothing for me. Well it did something, but as my business grows and I grow as an artist, I feel that it leaves me feeling limited in what I can send out to the world. And limiting my exposure to the world is not a good idea, well sometimes it is, for instance, per Jerry Seinfeld, “there is good naked and bad naked”. In this case though, the Photo of the Month had me limiting what I would show you in regards to new work, and then it had me arguing with myself as to what the best image of my recent work was “worthy” of the designation. If I create it from this point on and like it, I will show it to you and give you the story behind it.
With that said, I have created a new category to replace the Photo of the Month and it is simply named, “New Work”. It began as “New Images”, but that too felt limiting, what if I produced a movie, or book, or gallery show. That is all new work isn’t it? Of course it is. Now, when I have something new and creative, I can comfortably send it out there to you, regardless of timing, regardless of any limits or boundaries. And yes, this does include bad naked too.
Now for some new, good naked. I was in Colorado two weeks ago shooting a commercial architecture project and decided that I would make an overnight trip into Utah to meet up with friend and fellow photographer Guy Tal. I drove down to his home in the middle of Utah and he literally showed me the kitchen sink of where he lives in a day. The varying landscape and diversity of eco-systems is a photographer’s paradise and from what I saw, a completely under explored region of Utah. This place is so under explored, I am not even going to tell where he lives. I am keeping the secret safe. And, I am so enamored with this place, I am heading back there in a couple of weeks for a five day trip of shooting.