year 2017, week 18.

Am I going about this all wrong?

Typical late April snow storm in New Mexico.

Monday.

I have been looking at the negative effects of the current “progress” in our society. But maybe I need to look for the positive changes that people are making. Is that a better life to live? Sure it is easier to see through rose colored glasses. But is it productive? Would I change more minds by showing positive outlets or by exposing the negative?

Maybe the future needs to be a combination of the two. Show the negative and then follow that up with the positive.


Tuesday.

The book is set to arrive Thursday. MagCloud is kicking ass with its shipping.

Yesterday I was talking in reference to Oscar Boyson’s post on the future of cities. And since I read that Medium has suggested a few more great pieces. They are collectively making me more optimistic. It is getting warmer here and I am ready to go out and shoot a project that I conceptualized this past winter. It is in the vein of my other projects but has the makings to be a bit lighter and happier.

I also shot my X-Pro1 a bit this past weekend and in editing those files I fell in love with that camera all over again. My X70 is so much fun and the images are great. But the files from my X-Pro1 as just so sharp and clean. This is the camera I will use for my next project for sure.


Wednesday.

The book arrives tomorrow. Why I obsess about deliveries like this I have no idea.

So what is my next project? The one I haven’t started just yet… Well I want to write about it and conceptualize more here. Once I get into shooting it, I want to write through the whole process. I might share an image I really like out of it during the process. I might also share the ones I dislike and pick them apart.

Daily, Weekly will become my journal for that project. This project. Yeah, lets just get into it now.

Here is the beginning of project I will be starting soon. I want to shoot vertical. For book layout and to change from the horizontal framing that has become way too comfortable. But that is just a technical aspect. The conceptual idea is to create photographs of future home lots. Some empty. Some under construction. Some just dirt. I want to capture the hope and dream that the developer is selling. I have been collecting quotes from developments as research.

Stay connected to the outdoors and feel a sense of a true community.

In Albuquerque we don’t move to the suburbs we move to a subdivision. Albuquerque is a sprawling city made up of so many subdivision developments. It is the reality that people are putting their hopes and dreams into these places. I am one of them. Even if it is an unsustainable system, it is the reality. And that is another thing I want to capture; the reality of what is really here for the future home owner.


Thursday.

My book is here. Holy shit. It doesn’t even feel like a book. It is a portfolio really. The photos are ass kicking this big. Not too big, but big enough to see all the detail I want to show.

I really want to make a photo of it with my phone and post it but I know that will be a disservice to the work. Slow. Steady progression. Tonight I need to sit with the work and let it really sink in.

I am helping organize a portfolio review this weekend with ASMP and AIGA and I might just put this book on the table. I just don’t know if I am ready for other peoples critiques just yet. I should be.


Friday.

What a complicated set of emotions. Trying to get a project out into the world is a delicate balance of joy and regret. I want everyone to see the work but I also dont want it all to go out there in the wrong way. Because once it is it can’t be taken back.