Hi. Well it’s been quite a while. I’m sure you thought I’d given up on all this. Or, that perhaps I was hit by a bus or something. It’s complicated to explain but overall, the blog was not living up to expectations. Not only from a readership standpoint, but also in a self fulfillment sort of way. Like I said, it’s complicated.
Overall, when I started this blog, I had some preconceived notions of how it would work, how it would progress, and most importantly, what my message would be. I’m not sure that there needs to be a point to all blogs, but I wanted mine to have one, and I wasn’t happy with that end of things. That’s the main reason for the retreat on my posts. I needed a break, and I needed plan. For want of the former, and lack of the latter, everything just stopped. A creative meltdown.
I really can’t believe how time has slipped away. It has been over a year since my last post. I suppose if you are reading this, you are either the biggest fan I didn’t know I had, or more likely, you’re finding me for the first time. In either case, I’m glad your here.
Please don’t think that over the last year I have put down my camera. In fact, quite the opposite is true. I have made more time for my photography than ever before, and have worked on this amazing craft harder than I ever have. I have not only considered my approach in the field, but also my approach to post processing with the dreaded photoshop. I absolutely use post processing because I honestly believe that the camera is inferior to my eye in rendering what I see, and completely lacking in what I see in my mind’s eye. I believe, these artistic considerations, allow for some manipulation to achieve what I want to achieve with an image. That is, of course, every artist’s personal opinion, and now you have mine. As I’ve said, I have worked hard over the last year trying to improve my craft, and I hope you will see some growth as I continue to post.
I’ve also gotten a bit more realistic with time. Every doctrine of Blog Success says you need to post and post often. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that point. This is after all, a hobby for me, and I have a day job. Would I like to make money from my photography? Sure. Do I think I could achieve that by somehow creating a brand on line? Maybe. Will I try that sometime in the future? Probably. Will I quit my day job? Not anytime soon. I’m a starving artist trapped in a pragmatic, overly cautious body; guided by the ones and zeros of logic, always dreaming of life outside binary decision trees. It’s a hell of a way to live.
Anyway, I’m glad your here, and I hope you find something worth returning for. As I type this, I see a blog of great potential brewing. Photography is, for me, such an amazing pursuit, and it fills in what would be otherwise dull, blank spaces in my life. I hope to honor it at least a well as it serves me. I choose, today, a picture of a path leading toward the rising sun. Somewhat symbolic of the journey that is the resumption of this blog. Where does it lead? Let’s figure that out together.
All the best to you, and until next time….John