I started this blog so I would have a place to share my adventures in photography, but it's been a while since I've posted anything. You might assume this is because there have been no adventures, that I have nothing to write about, nothing new to report. But your assumption would be wrong. There have been lots of photographic adventures since my last post, which if memory serves was when I wrote about Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day...in April.
What adventures, you ask? Well let's see.
I could write about the vacation my wife and I took in June when we spent a week in Gatlinburg Tennessee. I carried a few cameras into the mountains with me each day and came home with some great photos.
There was also the weekend when I attended the Film Photography Project Walking Workshop in Findlay Ohio. Not only did I get to meet Michael Raso and "the gang", but I also got to meet Robert Hamm of The Hamm Camera Company (I'm a backer of both of his Kickstarter campaigns), as well as Phil Steblay from The Darkroom Lab. I also got to hang out with other film photographers who attended the workshop, some of who I have kept in touch with after the workshop and hope to get to shoot with again.
I've also acquired about 50,000 additional cameras since April. Well, maybe not 50,000 exactly. It's probably more like 20 or 30, which I'm sure feels like 50,000 to my wife. I've even had the opportunity to shoot a few of them, which I plan to write about in the near future.
There's also the film photography photowalk I'm leading in Cincinnati on September 15th. My first one. To say I'm nervous about it is an understatement. But as of right now, I think it's going to be a pretty small group, which is good. I'm already working on the plans for another in October if this one goes well. Wish me luck!
What else is new? Oh! I'm signed up for a darkroom class at my local community college. Class starts in less than three weeks. I'm really excited about getting some time in the darkroom. I've always wanted to learn to make my own prints. We also have to develop a portfolio, which I think will be great for my personal photographic work. Who knows... maybe I'll find out that I really do have a style to my photography. Personally, I think I'm all over the place with it, but we shall see.
Truth be told, I haven't not written because I don't have anything to write about. I haven't written because I've been so freaking busy, both with photography and with just life in general. I've taken tons of photos, some of which I share on Instagram. But that's easy. It only takes a few minutes to share a picture. Writing a blog post, however, seems to be this huge monumental task to me. And I don't know why. But I DO know that I want to make a concerted effort to write more often, even if no one reads it but me.
I'll get better about it. I promise. Just hang in there with me. Let's make this a regular thing, yes?
Until next time...