It's strange to think about the difference a year makes. I've spent a lot of time in the last little while evaluating the changes that have happened for me, to me, around me since I moved to New Brunswick.
When I first landed in NB I kind of fell off the face of the online planet, save Facebook. And I'm still not sure why exactly, and likely it was a few things that just added up. My goal right now is to try and get back. Now that I'm not in school full time I feel the need to find my way back into artistic communities again.
As some of my old followers may have noticed, I have taken all of my previous work down from DA (and don't worry I have it all backed up). The truth is that I have been on DA since 2008, that's 5 years, not counting previous accounts. A lot changes in 5 years and in the end I feel like I'm a totally different photographer then I was 5 years ago, and to be honest, I'm a totally different photographer then I was a year ago. I don't know what changed, I don't know when it changed, all that I know is that I have changed, grown, refined myself as a photographer. This is why I felt that it was time to say good-bye to my old work. I thank everyone for the favorites and comments and each and every submission, but it was time to let go of the past and to become recognized for the work that I am doing now.
In a lot of ways I feel like I can relate to the photography path of Imogen Cunningham. She started of as a pictorial (soft and dreamy) photographer and then grew into someone akin to Ansel Adams (realistic and objective). I even started of my first year at collage working on a project about pictorial photography and Imogen, because I felt if represented what I liked stylistically. Now as I finish editing a recent series I see how much I have changed.
My first year at collage introduced me to an amazing community of photographers, all with uniquely different styles from pinhole camera fanatics to elaborate lighting geniuses to nature lovers to fashion gurus. I have met so many photographers all with different styles, different skills, different eyes. And though the year I grew. I learned technological knowledge, I learned what I like stylistically and I learned to to what I loved. I stopped doing photography that would get me favorites, that would get me into groups, that would give me more followers. I learned to do photography that I loved.
I feel like I'm in a better place in my life this year, and doing the work I love to do has opened so many doors for me, I've had some pretty big clients this past year, I've had weddings and portraits, commercial and events.
What I'm really trying to say, is Thanks to everyone for the support over the years, because I really do thing that without that I wouldn't be where I am, Thanks for sticking around, its heartwarming to see familuar faces still here and still supporting me. And get ready for a change, I hope you enjoy it!