Back in January, I hustled to pull an art show together at a local wine and cheese shop. I had two months to finalize a new series of photographs, edit images, make prints, order frames, create postcards and market the show, plus hang it. The lead up to March was completely crazy; we ate big pots of soup and bread while I spent countless hours in my digital darkroom. Somehow it all came together and the work went up on time. Then the artist’s reception happened followed by eight weeks when people saw what I had made.
Then, snap, the show ended and we packed the frames back into a cardboard box and drove home. Now what?
I felt lost after the rush. Why am I doing this? Maybe I should start a new project or maybe I should quit altogether. I took a few days off to clear my head. I thought about why I make and show art. What does it all mean anyway? Am I adding anything new to the cultural landscape? It was clear I needed direction and fast.
So I wrote down a list of 31 prompts, picked up my iPhone, and set out on a new photo adventure. The prompts center around storytelling (you can find the complete list here). The basic guidelines I set for myself: capture a photo a day for a month, use a square frame, process in black and white, look for the narrative thread.
Think light, detail, environment, and visual tension. Back to the process again. To follow an idea and see what it evokes.
To daily adventures with a camera in hand. Yours and ours.