Revised ambition

Any successful plan requires periodic review and adjustment. This includes my plan to post an image a day.

I’m going to continue to shoot daily, as I did before, but I’m only going to post the best image – or images – weekly.

What I realized last week is how visually limited my life is. I get up, leave the house, drive to work, wander around the building, drive home and hang around the house. There are images available there, and I’m going to find them, but at some point I will exhaust that environment.

Now, the obvious solution is to broaden the environment. And I will, as I am able. I do still have to make a living and I’m afraid it isn’t currently a terribly visual living.

The other is is quality. I’m planning on posting these images to the world and want to make sure that I have images worth posting. I was pushing it on the garbage can – though I have to admit I like elements of it. I’m not completely unhappy with it. But at this rate, I’d be posting some questionable stuff.

Enough of that stuff.

I do have an image to share. As an exercise in blending and to give my son something fun, I generated this image of Ariusz Pudzianowski with my son’s facial features. He thought it was pretty cool. I hope Ariusz doesn’t mind.

Just a few years and a lot of sweat…

Day 1

I’ve spent the last months planning, learning, ignoring.  All those things I do so well to keep me from actually doing.
I’ve stuffed a lot of stuff in my head. Now I need to do something with it.

Chase Jarvis – not sure why but that name has been intriging me recently. I’ve seen it pop up in blogs here and there. I finally decided to check him out.
I went to his site at  Excellent work. I was impressed. I checked out his blog at I liked his attitude. I watched a couple of videos of him speaking and liked him more. It didn’t seem to  be just a marketing effort – he felt like a guy who loved the craft and loved sharing it.  And works HARD at it. I can respect this guy.

Create – Share – Sustain

Read this, watch the talk – I needed it and appreciate the message.

Do it – Share it – do what ever it takes to support it, then do it again.

Do it – Share it… the two things I need to do. Break out of my avoidance and my shyness.

I made some choices

  • Create a forum where I can publish and share. I don’t have enough wall space or enough money to print and hang everything I need to shoot. And the exposure is poor. But I do have the internet. This Blog – Flickr – Facebook. Publishing opportunities that cost little more than time and and provide ultimate exposure. I’ve set it up so I can quickly drop images onto all three sites.  Share it – ready to go
  • Shoot more. I need to shoot every day, need to be looking all the time. So I’m going to carry a camera everywhere. I’m going to shoot and publish every day. I expect to put out some poor stuff on occasion, but quantity is the important thing here, not quality. Hopefully I’ll get a little quality too. Mostly I just need to shoot. And shoot.  Today’s post is the first of my dailies.
  • Shoot projects. I’m going to set projects to explore and expand certain techniques or subjects.  My first one – to take a daily picture out my office window – a passage of time kind of thing.  Nothing amazing, but something I always thought would be fun to do.

The first of my Dailies:


I originally threw this in without any comment. The more I look at it the more I like it. The lines are intriquing and the textures is full of detail – just the way I like it.

It’s also my first flickr image to get a comment. Kind of cool.


This one, I like it, but not near as strong as the b&w. The lighting gives it some interest.

Art is poetry when…

Pulled from Permission to Suck,  an exploration on creativity.

Art is poetry when “poetry” is an emotionally rewarded aesthetic banter with our senses. Reduce craft to a one button push, the poetry now includes a lackluster effort to engage – similar to a street passing of two indifferent relations. There is no strength in laziness.

Genius lies in understanding that art involves the consumer’s world view, the context in which it is consumed, the collaborative nature of the work and the commitment of the artist. With his erased de Kooning, Rauschenberg proves that great art works don’t necessarily involve the tools of great skill. Our democratized digital renaissance proves similar; great tools don’t necessarily produce works of great art.