Goal setting. I suck at it. In efforts to improve myself, I'm going to attempt to capture and post to this blog a picture that I've taken using my camera phone. I'm using the app, Vignette, because I really like the long list of presets it offers. Recently, I've been using a square format more than the 2:3 ratio that I get from my SLR. I've even been looking on eBay for TLRs and other curiosities that I don't need. After reading an article yesterday, I've come to realize, to no surprise to anyone other than myself, that I have a bad case of GAS, or Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Thanks to Gary Seronik for making it real so that I can move on with my life and start making some good pictures again. As you can see from the picture above, I have a bad case of GAS--and this isn't all of it. Please add to the long list of cameras, an old, under-used Norman 202 lighting kit, various softboxes, umbrellas, stands, backgrounds, reflectors, assorted filter, gels, box cameras, polaroids, darkroom equipment that I haven't used in years, and a nice Epson 2400 that costs too much to use regularly. I'm sure there's more that I've forgotten, but you get the point.
So, my goal is to take one picture a day until the end of summer. One pic-a-day projects aren't unique. Google it and there's no end to what you'll find. I've tried to do it before. I get a week or so in and BAM! I'm sidetracked by something else. Mostly, my head gets in the way.
Posting pics is too easy these days. Heck, I've got several apps on my phone that'll do it for me. So, why a pic a day project? I've taken tons of photos with my phone since my wife upgraded me in December. I fire away and Google + uploads automatically to my G+ account. But, with this goal, I really have to do more than take pictures and forget about it. My hope is to reengage with an artform I used to love passionately. Somewhere along the way, the passion became convoluted with acquiring more stuff and I lost focus on what truly mattered---the love of creating something beautiful, the thrill of the process, and the joy of the result.
Once, many years ago, I said that the world is a big place and I must see it. I've lost sight of the world. Now it's time to reconnect.
Creating, teaching, drinking coffee.