I also print my best of a year to archival paper from my Epson medium format printer, also cool as you can live with your work but the book idea is a perfect companion.
I'm always struggling with the whole idea of what to write about (fiction) or what to shoot. They always say to write what you know and to shoot what you know. As a suburban business owner and mother, I neglect the finer points of this and dismiss what I know. I find the subjects around me to be boring. When I was younger I worked with street youth at risk so I know a thing or two about IV drug use and life on the street. But today, I'm a suburban mother who sits in an office all day or on airplanes and goes to meetings at boring hotels. I forget that I have learned much about human nature and relationships. Stuff that people who write about such things have to learn about but I take for granted.
About nine months ago I was trying to find the muse around what I do all day. I'd think about photographing my son and then dismiss it because surely nobody wants to see another kid pic. Then I started to think I'm missing a great opportunity. My child and I go through a ton of ups and down. We forget how hard it is to grow as a young person. So, I started an ongoing body of work that documents my child's emotions, lessons, joys, pains, experiences, and the like. All in B&W. It's not been easy, I don't want to mock my son and tell him to sit and keep crying so I can take a photo. It's been a really cool experience to figure out how to do this and not let the lens get in between he and I.
Which brings me to why I'm posting this. I came across this today and this photographer is doing the same thing. She's doing it beautifully and has given me some great ideas for improving my efforts. Do I worry it's been done before? Nope. It's not been done by me or with my son, in our experiences. I hope my project will evolve into something unique as hers has.
Take a look, cool stuff. As some of you are just like me, parents, you may enjoy this. Even if not a parent, you may enjoy this.
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m?n?ng ??ocks fa?t?r. Y??r go?? i? t? ?u??? ? ??me o? ??se ?nd ???l?ct ?e?our?es ?nd
b??l? w??tever ??? c?n ?m?g?n?. At n?g?t,
mon?t??s w?l? ??me ??t an? t?y t? h??t yo?.
If ??u tu?n th? g?m? ?iff??ulty t? p??ceful,
m?nst??? wil? n?t sp?wn. On ?eac?ful mod?, ?n?y pa?siv? (n?t m?an) an?ma?s wil? s??wn.
56mm 1.2 Fujifilm lens
Cyber Commander Wireless Trigger
Einstein E640 Strobe w/ diffuse screen
Foam board to bounce light
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