Happy New Year, and a gift (of sorts)

Well it is a whole new year, the way we chop up time, and rather than make resolutions to walk away from before the end of January, I am refraining or not refraining from making or not making any big serious declarations of intent or action, and instead, I'm going to try to stay warm and spend time with people I love, like I usually do.

I neglect this blog/blog page on my website, and looking at past posts, I can see how much I've been absent physically as well as absent personally here. This may not stop.

In the past little while I have had some fun shoots: Santa! I've never done Santa photos, and it was a fun morning with people I don't see often. I also got to photograph friends who own the coolest bar on Vashon, Home Sweet Home. I have been to a few new towns for my small towns project - most notably Black Diamond, Skykomish, Roslyn, Roy, Olalla, and Key Center. I don't think Key Center is necessarily a town, but it's something! And we bought odd embroidered art there, which is very cool.

I'd like to write some more about the towns I've been to, and share some of the photos, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures from one of my recent recurring tasks - driving through Seattle to get to the town locations, or, driving through Seattle to get to the ferry home. An hour or two of each shoot seems to be devoted to getting to and then escaping Seattle, and I wish I could drive and take pictures, but I can't do that safely. These pictures are shot from the backseat of a car I'm not driving.

Gift - 

One of the best things I ever did, creatively, and it's something to try if you're ever feeling stuck or uninspired: I did the thing I like to do -taking pictures- every day no matter what. My every day no matter what turned into a five year long photo blog, and I missed only two days, and they were a few years in to the project, and whatever the reasons were, they were good. If you like to write, or cook, or read, or draw, or paint, or drive, or whatever the thing is - try doing it every day, no matter what, and see what happens. 

I made some terrible pictures during this time for the every day project. Terrible! I also took some of the best photos I'd ever taken. Some are in the galleries here on my website. Doing my beloved thing every day no matter what taught me that inspiration, desire, finding something wonderful, feeling in the mood, and having time were all relatively unimportant. That illness, busy-ness, having a young child and lots of responsibilities mattered very little. It is discipline that matters. Yes, everyone says this, and they say it because it's true. So that is my gift to anyone reading this - pick a thing and do it daily. When you don't want to do it anymore you can stop. Making bad pictures was as helpful as making good ones, in the long run. 

Hopefully I'll be sharing more of my work-in-progress and showing up here from time to time, and regardless I will be working!