This year, I took a rather lengthy hiatus from photography. The picture above is from the first day back. The shot itself wasn't planned. That day, I set out only to remind myself how to use my camera. I had no expectations. I just wanted to shoot. And I ended up with this lucky capture.
I had fun making this picture. It got me thinking again about new projects (and old projects, still unfinished) and a new website to host my photography. So it seemed appropriate to open the blog with this picture.
(By the way, that's fellow photographer David Hatfield on the bike, with his canine companion, Brandy.)
I've been thinking about how to use this blog, and here are a few ideas I've come up with so far:
A couple months ago, I started up a "100 Strangers Project." As the name suggests, this is a project in which I am attempting to make portraits of 100 perfect strangers that I meet on the street. I will be updating the blog soon with photos from this project.
I think a "How-to" blog on Project 365 might be interesting and useful to anyone who wants to improve their photography. In case you've never heard of it, Project 365 challenges you to take a photo a day, every day, for one year.
I'd also like to use my blog to do critiques. This is inspired partly by Zack Arias and the critiques he's done on his website. He's honest. He doesn't hold back. And he's fair. I've actually learned a lot from these critiques.
I think a good critic is valuable. And while I may not be an accomplished professional, I have spent a lot of time studying photographs and the photographers who made them. I have tried to develop a critical eye for my own work, and maybe that could be of some use to other photographers.
So that's what I'm working on. Thank you for visiting. See you next time.