I can’t remember who said it or the exact wording, but when I was in college I read that you should not create work to fit into a certain theme or style. Rather, you should just create, regularly and constantly, even when you don’t feel inspired or particularly comfortable with it. After years of this struggle you can look back and see the themes and styles will emerge of their own will.
A failed hard drive this week has forced me to do some digital housekeeping, shuffling old files onto different drives. During the process I’m taking some time to reflect on my body of work. Odds are if you’ve seen me in the last 15 or so years, there was a camera with me. It’s a daunting but interesting task to sort through that many images, but that advice I stumbled upon in college was spot on.
Apparently I spend a lot of time in the woods. I can’t help but take a picture of something if it’s 50% rust, covered in vines or in a general state of disrepair. If the paint is peeling and the water stains are prevalent, I’m like a moth to the flame. And then there’s the music…
I’ve decided these images have spent enough time in digital purgatory, it’s time to let them out to play. I’ll be posting the emerging themes as they come together.
Part 01: Interesting Trees