Just getting out of the annual winter blahs and thinking hard about what I want to do with my photography this year. More on that in a little bit.
I did finally end up out with the Midwest Large Format Asylum a couple of weeks ago for their March outing. It was the first time I was able to find to to take a Saturday to get out with a camera. Since the outing was in the middle of Illinois, I drove down Friday eve and came back Saturday. It was great to get out with the camera again, and just spend a day photographing with a group of like minded individuals. A great group.
I've also been in two shows so far this year, with two more in the planning stages. They are both groups shows though. I need to get a body of work together and have a solo show.
I've been exploring bookmaking and alternative processes some more. I want to combine the two and do a small book of alternative prints. A small number of copies as well, either one or two to start. If this goes well, I would try a somewhat larger edition. I also want to learn some more historic processes. Wet plate photography for one, as well as photogravure for another.
I always tell myself I want to get out and photograph some more. Hopefully this year I will.
Sit and think about my work. I really don't spend a lot of time just going through my old work, and seeing how I've changed over the years. I also need to start organizing my photos better, and pruning out the rejects.
So here is the list, in no particular order.
- Shoot more. Preferably film, since it slows me down, but anything.
- Learn more. If you're not learning, you're dying.
- Publish more. Whether it is here, in a book or a show. Get my work out where people can see it.
- Get a real website. I need someplace where people can see my work and buy it.
- Enter more juried shows. I've been entering the regional art competition every year, but I need to enter more.
As a side note, I will be giving my Night Photography talk at the Big Rapids Camera club this month, as well as a talk about Backups for Photographers at the Grand Rapids Camera Club. If you're around, stop by and say hi.
That's it for now. I hope spring gets here soon, and things are going well for you. Thanks for reading!!