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.

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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.

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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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Thursday, June 10, 2010

June 8-10 ~ Catch any fish with that camera?

A few days ago the grocery store featured a display of cherries.

So I bought a bag.

Yesterday, the idea of people watching around Lake Calhoun kept creeping into my head, but I ended up on Lake Vadnais instead. I trolled around in the car for a while and observed that everyone had fishing gear. The idea of portraiture rolled around, but it didn't feel quite right. A mama duck and her brood crossed the road, however, so I parked the car and walked back to find them. Acclimated to humans, they didn't flee when I sat down on the embankment a few feet from them. The snack of cherries--intended for myself--piqued their interest.
We conditioned each other. They learned that if they started to leave I'd toss them a few chunks of cherry, and I learned that they were just bluffing.

Ya gotta love their duck butts. It's so cool the way the water beads on their oily feathers.

Some time later, I strolled past a fisherman who saw the camera hanging from my shoulder.

"Catch any fish with that camera?"
"Nope. I saw some ducks, though." I paused, "You catch any fish with that pole?"
A grunt. "Nothin's bitin'."

A few minutes later, driving out of the park area, I watched a fellow on the side of the road reel in a little fish.

Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor AFD 60mm f/2.8

1 comment:

  1. I, too, love duck butts! So cute!

    I completely appreciate that, in the midst of all your fancy, schmancy photography, you have time for awesome photos of duck butts. :)