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.

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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Friday, July 5, 2013

Memorial weekend in Massachusetts (May 23-27, 2013)

A family reunion and 91st birthday party for mom's aunt (the only sister among 7 brothers) brought us out to Massachusetts over a rainy Memorial weekend.

All seven brothers in my mother's father's family served in WWII--a great source of pride for the family. I grew up hearing grampa's stories of his time in the coast guard and the CCC. He was the only one to move away from the east coast, so this trip allowed time to learn more about his family.

Cousin Anita's (Grandpa's brother George's daughter) home, full of faith and memories:

Anita's parents, Rita and George, stand framed on the television

Mom's cousin, Charles (another of George's children), is restoring the old farmstead. All of the cousins remembered visiting Bobci (sp?), their grandmother.

Aside from the family history, I do enjoy anthropomorphic architecture. Especially when it's sticking its tongue out

View up the yard from house

Charles hard at work

We visited several cemeteries in the area (thanks to tireless tour given by cousin Diane)

Members of the family rest in different local cemeteries

Great-grandma's resting place

The union of Bacon and a Pikul
The brothers went to school here when they were very young

Many men and women in the area's history served, and many continue to do so. A memorial service recognized their sacrifices.

Mom and I also briefly visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Dramatic entryway
A quiet place to reconnect
A plethora of umbrellas

Gear: Sony NEX6 w/ 16-50mm lens

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