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And with that, it’s time for a sabbatical.
I’d originally planned to post a long, boring soliloquy on the evolution of my photo art and prose over the past half dozen years, but then I thought, you dumb ass, that’s the same sort of self-absorbed horse manure that created the need for a sabbatical in the first place. So, just no.
But a few words about today’s work, the last of Project Firebird and a work that, if I may gloat, I’m very pleased with. Project Firebird should not have succeeded. It fell serendipitously into my lap, so I wasn’t prepared for it, I didn’t have the right camera or lenses, the lighting was uncontrolled and the subject unfamiliar to me. It should have failed miserably. But not only didn’t it fail, at least a half dozen works will go into my permanent portfolio. By now, it seems I’ve spent enough time with the camera and with the computer that I must innately know how to capture an image and what to do with it when I have it. I’m happy to have reached the point in which I can feel that level of confidence. Automotive art is something I’ve wanted to establish as its own genre, and, frankly, by happening the way it did, Project Firebird allowed me to reach conclusions about lighting and framing that I’d been struggling to figure out. And now, I know.
Now about that sabbatical … wait … no, see there, after promising not to write a boring soliloquy I did anyway. There – I’ve deleted it. Suffice it to say that keeping to a regular, self-imposed blogging schedule has created a situation in which my first motivation for sitting down to create is not the for the joy of it, but because ‘got to crank out stuff for tomorrow’s blog’. So I really need to back off for a bit. I’m not going to stop writing, not going to stop creating art. Just going to stop posting and blogging about it so much. Besides, I need to look at how I’m promoting my work in general because I’m pretty sure it’s not working. Am I using social media properly to drive people to this website? Should I use social media at all? Should I be putting both art and prose in the same blog, or should I split them up? Should I be posting prose at all, given that it can be plagiarized so easily? This website; I haven’t even looked at some of the pages in months and months, let alone thought about if I’m using them correctly.
It will likely be deep into next year before much of me surfaces again – these things take time. In the meantime, I’ve six works on exhibit at local galleries for the holidays, so get out and buy some art!
Hopefully, not out of sight out of mind.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.