5 months ago this Friday, I got a camera.
In that time, I have had nearly every area of who I am challenged, and that on the deepest levels...no exaggeration.
I have also experienced some very bizarre and rather large successes of sorts.
I wish that I could explain in words the intensity of this last season of my life, but I'm not sure that is appropriate.
What I will say is this. For someone taking a plunge for the first time in his life, and really risking doing something that he loves, rather than what he "should", the amount of encouragement and positive attention I have received from this community is nothing short of remarkable.
In the two months I have been posting here, I have received an insane number views of my work with Devon, and resulting activity from outside DA. Please believe me when I say that I am not bragging. The truth of the matter is, I pretty firmly believe that the work itself does not merit that level of attention. Very honestly, there are much better photographs, and even prettier girls. That being the case,
I have to conclude that something unusual was occurring with the level of response that was received, and for anyone with a semi-level head, that just produces gratitude.
But now the work starts.
I have some very specific goals, and going semi- viral on the internet, while incredibly encouraging, especially when most people dont know the level of risk or effort going on behind those simple images, doesnt change the fact that I am still starting from ground level.
I need to get better. I have ALOT to learn.
I need to learn how to feed my family with this little lens covered box.
I have still only been able to get one person to work with me.
In places like Model Mayhem, most have declined, and ususally in a total shut down way. lol. But you get over the rejections and keep trying. There are just a number of things I need to improve on over the coming year.
I want to love my family better
I want to live in Grace better
I want to put together a good portfolio and take it to a very specific agency in an attempt to get on their approved photographers list.
I want to put together a shoot with a team.
I want to find a team
I want to tell a story
I want to encourage others
I want to intelligently help Devon leverage this attention into something she can grasp, and operate in to accomplish what is important to her.
I want to get better
I am wanting to know from anyone who is listening, if I can give something back to all of you.
Is there a particular part of what I am doing that I could expand on in some way.
Ill try out the poll function I think...
If you are interested, please go to the poll below, and select what would be most helpful for you in your pursuit of photography.
Again, thank you. Looking forward to 2013!