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The Daily Image

I started this year, 2019, with the ambitious goal of posting one image per day on my blog. I had tried to start what is called a 365 project a couple of years ago but had to stop in March of that year due to my inability to organize my life around the project.

This brings me to my current success in this new project. I have tried to set aside specific times in which to capture my daily images and this works some of the time. I think what is different this time is that I have learned how to adapt to changing circumstances and make the photographs when the opportunity presents itself rather than trying to force a schedule on the project. On days were there are so many other things that need my attention I find small moments in which I can become creative.

My normal process is usually much slower than what I have been doing lately. Much of the recent work is captured relatively quickly. While this new approach may have some disadvantages and will probably not be my permanent mode of working going forward, I have produced quite a bit of worthwhile images using it.

I have been so pleased with this project so far that I am considering extending it beyond the end of the year indefinitely. My image blog would become a daily blog of pictures, but I am also imposing the restriction that I must feel that the images are of very good quality to be posted.

Subscribe to by blog magazine

I have decided to offer a photo magazine through my Patreon account. It will be a monthly magazine full of all of the images from my daily blog in printed form. This will be a way for me to offer something of value to people who decide to support my artistic efforts. I am offering this subscription for $29.95 per month. It is available at Patreon here: patreon.com/shbphoto

Can Art Exist In A Vacuum

The purpose of art, at its core, is communication. The initial inspiration that an artist feels is almost always personal. The first person that must be satisfied by a work of art must be the artist. Once art is produced the next logical step is to show it to the world. This is where most artists dilemma appears; how to get the work in front of an audience. The easiest way to do that is to upload images to a web site that accepts work to be featured, and there are plenty of sites that serve this purpose. The problem is that just uploading files does not guarantee that your work will be viewed. The artist must actively promote the work.
Most serious artists ultimate ambition is for gallery representation or at the very least to be included in shows. This can be a difficult goal to realize and I would guess a large amount of art work is in storage, lacking an outlet for display.
Recently I visited my local arts council to touch base as I have been interning with them since last August. I found out about an upcoming show that I could submit my work to while having a casual conversation with the director of the program. The moral of the story is that the most important factor in furthering an art career are the contacts.

More Than One Way

If you read my blog entitled “The Price We Pay For Art” you know that I was having a problem accessing one of my favorite spots to capture images. I went several weeks before I got the courage to drive my vehicle past the no trespassing sign and thus avoiding the tick infested journey I was afraid of. I am so glad that I made the decision for not only did I avoid the nasty bugs but taking the car with me to the site made the whole experience more pleasant and creatively fruitful.

Revealing Magic Tricks

I have said before that I don’t like to show anything but finished pictures, but I am in the mood to illustrate the work that goes into my images. So here is a “before” image of “White Square” after the initial crop, but before any other work was done.

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The Price We Pay For Art

I recently returned to the abandoned shed to make some images. I had planned the trip all week and just before I left my sister in law offered to take me to see the new Star Trek movie. I had one hour to drive to the park, walk to the train bridge, then up the trail to the abandoned shed, photograph something meaningful, then retrace my steps back home. I was walking through some tall grass at one point remembering the hospital stay that a tick had caused me three years earlier.
I made my way to the shed and with little time to work I made  quick decisions about what I wanted to do and got to work. I spent a total of twenty minutes making images of three different wrappings. I only had five minutes to get back to the car so that I would be on time for the movie, so I hurried on my way back.
When I got home I put my gear in my office, grabbed a bite to eat and got in the car with my sister in law to leave for the movie. As I was driving toward the theatre I noticed something on my left arm, it was a tick. I removed it at the next stop light and thought nothing more of it. We went to the movie and enjoyed it very much.
Later at home, while processing one of the images, I looked down and saw four more ticks, three small ones and another big one. This really freaked me out and by the time I was done checking myself I had removed and killed about fifteen ticks, small and large.

I usually stay away from areas where I might have a tick jump on me, but the work I have been doing at this abandoned shed has really inspired me creatively. I do not know wether I will return or find a different way to get to that location but I am determined to continue with the work I am doing, ticks be damned.

Anxiety and Creativity

In a recent post about a new spot I have found to photograph in I described the anxiety I was feeling due to the fact that I was essentially tress passing and breaking into an abandoned building. While looking over the two images that I posted from that session I was struck by the thought that worthwhile work can come from stressful situations. It seems the energy from the anxiety I as feeling translated into a burst of creativity. This creativity was short lived but intense, and I produced two images that I am very proud of, so there must be a link between creativity and stress.