Beginnings (the start of a visual journey in 2010)

Many widely recognized yearly photographic efforts are made by the likes of Jim Brandenburg, among others, but I decided to undertake this series for many reasons. The first spark occurred when I came across a collaborative daily blog turned written documentation, A Year of Mornings, which appealed in a human way. It was a part of the photographers' daily lives, a document of the passage of time, as well as an aesthetic effort.

This project is designed to amass a series of related and unrelated images as they flow and feed off of each other, creating a vision of a whole year of experience.

A larger reason to shoot so much was to force myself to continue to push images. Some days I have projects in mind, other days I'm inspired with a flash of insight, and some days I think, "damn, what am I going to create tonight?" Either way, I've kept going.

When this series began I thought of it as a 365+ project because the goal was to have the equivalent of a year's worth of daily images that would follow and reveal twelve months. But, because I'm also working and a full-time graduate student as well as a human being with other interests, I gave myself the leeway of not photographing every day, so long as the final number of images surpasses 365. When I began posting on a social network site, I started by sharing an average of two photographs a day; by the end of January it looked as though the quantitative goal would be reached halfway through the year. I tend to work in series and like to show context, so a challenge has been paring down daily posts to just one or two images. With this blog I will try to be more particular and share no more than two photos per day.

Thus far, we're 1/12th of the way through and not a day has been missed. More importantly, though, I feel the tendrils of inspiration not previously imagined, and for that reason, this already feels like a success.

Please enjoy, contemplate, comment and share with your friends.


March is drawing to a close, which marks the completion of 1/4 of the year and this project.

Reviewing the images I'm pleased by some and bored by others. Many photographs would not make the cut were it not a daily regimen. But, though I missed one day due to illness and, technically supplanted one day's picture amongst its vacation brethren during the week and a half of Alaska photos, the gears are still rolling.

The images I've been more pleased with have been the light/color compositions, although projects such as the water droplets, reverse lens macro, smoke and TTV photography were also highlights. Where I seem to grow stagnant are with images relating more directly to documenting me or my life, especially the mundane, but perhaps that's personal perception. April will be kicked off with a weekend in Chicago.

Keep on checking in as I keep on keepin' on. Recent layout goodies includes the ability for you, oh honored viewer, to rate posts and vote on imagery types.


As June winds down, 365+ nears its crest. Counting back, however, just over one hundred images remain to be posted.

These past few months I've embraced the loose design of the project and shifted into a relaxed schedule of posts. In favor of sharing greater context and more consistently solid imagery while maintaining an eye on the year as a whole, I may not shoot or post every day, but continue to translate the spirit of the time. Early July marks the beginning of the descent and holds the promise of visual adventure as I head back to Alaska.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

June 2-4, 6 & 7 ~ portraits from Chicago (April 1-4)

I've been mulling about a few ideas lately and thinking about portraits and decided to revisit my Chicago images. These are posted for the first time. You may view, here, a short video compilation from the moments during which the last three images were made.

lovely Leslie.

Outside a bookstore, an accordion player.
Please pay here.

In front of the art institute, a percussionist jams with the beat of the street.

Sidewalk musicians crank out crazy fun on a Friday night.
The questionable attention of the fellow on the right (with his... phone?) cracks me up. Enter the scene, friend.

I've been paying more attention to color and enjoyed working through the subtle differences such tweaks can create in an image. It's far too easy to go overboard and knock an audience over the head, so I tend toward either subtle adjustments or clear choices. Above, the portraits of Leslie show the most change, to steer attention to and reference the great color of that coat, which is very her. The second photo doesn't reach the coat's aqua/green, which didn't work as well with the whole image--it resonated a sick, awkward tone--while the slight bluer tint felt solid. For the accordion player, I favored the yellows while reducing saturation, to soften the experience of viewing him. The drummer's scene got a kick of vibrancy to play off the already bright primary colors and the green sweater. Finally, the half-naked late night street band got more attention to their reds and yellows.

Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor AFD 50mm f/1.4, Tokina 12-24mm f/4

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