Le Buci – Paris, France

The last few years have been all about work, getting more work, and shooting lots of work. Which is great and I can’t begin to say how grateful I am to have great clients that hire me all the time. But lately, I’ve had a feeling that something is missing in my career. It’s like my creative muscles are out of shape. A lot of what I shoot is about how other people feel and see the world. Shooting buildings, interiors, even food is all about someone else’s creativity. I just have the craftsmanship to capture it succinctly. I’ve lost touch with what I want to say about life through photography. Today that changes.

When I first started photoblogging, I was seeking my vision and style. I definitely found it and it helped my career tremendously. It’s time to once again to start showing personal work regularly here on Ides of May. I will post something every day, Monday through Friday. I may not write a lot, but I will try to explain why I posted what I posted.

On my last trip to Paris, I regretted bringing my big camera and lenses. It literally weighed me down and made walking around the city more of chore than a pleasure. I was constantly worried about my gear being stolen, especially my
24mm Canon TS-E II
. That lens is my workhorse.

However, maybe all the hassle was worth it to get this shot. Yeah, I could have used post production to fix the perspective. But it was so cool to stand on the street corner, lens shifted up and just wait for this moment.

My West Coast :: Loading Dock

My West Coast :: Loading Dock

Tomorrow is a special day for me. It will be the very first time I’ve displayed work in Portland, OR. A few months back, my good friends at OFFICE invited me to submit work to a group show for the month of May entitled “My West Coast”. All in all, 8 photographers have submitted five photos that were all shot on Polaroid Land Cameras. Everything I shot was on black & white Fujiroid and there is no negative. I’ll just have these scans to remind me (assuming I sell all the shots).

It’s been a while since I’ve shot film (much less Polaroid), but it was so fun to go analog again for a project. I’ll be posting all five of my shots here over the next five days. If you’re in Portland, come out to the opening tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 from 6 to 8 PM at OFFICE 2204 NE Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211. The event is sponsored in part by New Deal Vodka.