It’s been nearly a year since I shut down the journal portion of my site to focus exclusively on sharing only my best content, or rather, what I perceived to be my best content. My initial reluctance to maintain a blog didn’t stem from a lack of desire to share photos and write words. It was mostly influenced by a sense of self-sourced doubt - Doubt shaped by my imagination of outside perceptions. How would potential photo-editors receive my blogroll that’s filled with disorder? How would fellow photographers perceive my chaotic flitting from one photographic interest to the other? Would I be seen as a wet-behind-the-ears amateur who’s often a little too excited and eager to share the new lighting setup I just learned?
But why does any of that matter? It actually doesn’t. I find it increasingly hard to believe that any artist would be passed over for an opportunity because they have a blog of random snapshot photography attached to their portfolio. Maybe it happens, but I’d like to believe it’s an absurdity that doesn’t.
I take photos every single day. It’s also what I do for a living, so it’s more than a hobby for me. It is literally my life at this point - It is unquestionably who I am. The only exception to the drive is when I hit a period of burnout and find a brief sabbatical necessary. Even then, I don’t stop being a photographer. And, besides, we all need breaks here and there.
Having said all of that, I am pleased to share this post with you all. It’s bit of a deep dive into photos I’ve made over the past year around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. These are situations, scenes, and objects I came across that I found interesting. And, really, that’s the reason I shoot anything that I shoot - Because I find it interesting. The intent doesn’t have to be grand, the story doesn’t have to be there, the feeling can be as superficial as “cool”, and that’s why I shoot what I shoot. Because it meant something to me. Every single day.
I want to say the films used were a mix of Tri-X400, T-Maxx400, Portra400, and Portra800. Some stuff self-developed/scanned, but mostly developed and scanned by Color House in SoHo. Thanks for peeking.
My friend, Aaron, came through for about 24 hours last week. He's taking off to Argentina and Bolivia for a few weeks and his journey brought him through NYC, so he crashed with Whit and I for his time here. We enjoyed good food, good drinks, and good conversation. We also made some portraits, which you can see below.
Be well, y'all.