Thursday, January 20, 2011

2011: The Year of Convergence

Frank 244 - Version 2.jpg

converge |kənˈvərj| verb [ intrans. ] (of several people or things) come together from different directions so as eventually to meet

Last month I sat down with a pencil and a notepad and made some lists about the year that had passed. I made a list of things that went well. I made a list of things that didn't go well. I made a list of things that I thought needed improvement.

And then I thought about what 2011 should be. And I made another list about what I thought I should accomplish in 2011.

It wasn't that hard to see a pattern developing as I listed my goals for this year... this will clearly be the year of putting it all together. All of the hard work, studying, stockpiling of gear and equipment, all of it is coming together now in a way that is starting to make sense. Momentum is building.

The photo of Frank above is symbolic of where I want to be going this year. Not toward using hecka lotta Photoshop, that's not what I mean. I mean toward creating images that say more about each person. This image of Frank is a collaboration. We talked about what his likes and dislikes were. He's a musician, so I listened to his album. It was really good, so I listened to it a lot. And then I made a list of ideas that we should try during his session. When we were done, I had a set of photos that he was afraid might be boring, but I knew they were exactly what I needed. Because it's 2011 and it's the year that all the hard work starts to pay off.

What is your year going to be about?

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