I started practicing photographer around 25 years ago. And I have accumulated a lot of stuff! Not only negs, prints, and digital files . . . but supplies for framing, shipping, and framed work from past Venice Art Crawl shows. It's so much stuff that I recently took over the dining room for a little while but have vacated as of this weekend. So things are getting more organized and I am finding myself in the flow a lot!
And while I identify myself as an artist and photographer, I have often felt that to be a hollow statement since I don't often work or derive income from my art. I'm not "professional" and don't have a client roster or exhibition list to back me up. It's also common for me to work on many projects or in different styles at once which is time consuming and can be confusing, (I guess, for everyone!).
So I'm making a commitment to choose one thing and to move forward with a long term documentary / nature project that I have been shooting since 1994/95. This one project will be split into 2 edits: one that is more nature, fine art, or abstraction (the outside edit); and another that is more documentary and people based (the inside edit). I previously put together a slideshow with this work in 2005 and have a clipped version that supports the "outside edit" that is view-able now. I am starting to look back at this work that I have not seen in some time, but from a new angle and a wiser (older) eye. Initially, I will be putting together one portfolio of 20 images with different stories. And I have a fun idea for a 10 images pack of cards!
With all of this in mind, I am starting a fundraising project to provide the resources to catalog and archive the nearly 25 years worth of images! It's an incredibly time consuming endeavor, which I am more than excited to do! I have just started scanning and am learning my entire setup needs to be cleaned! And if that doesn't help, maybe a new scanner. Which makes sense.
For any of you who have transitioned into being a creator of what you love, or who have been conflicted between doing what you love and chasing some career "cause you should" . . . or have experienced the beauty of the Southern California deserts and want to experience them again through my eyes . . . I hope you'll consider throwing in some support. Not only for the work itself but to simply say "Hey, I see you and dig what you're doing . . . keep it up". :-)
And, as an incentive to give now, I am offering discounts on future prints for every dollar that you donate. Maybe you know you want to support but want to see what images come up as the archiving process continues. That's great. Feel free to donate now and order your print later!
Here is the intro to the slideshow . . . sorry it ends so abruptly. I should probably ask for help!
I am offering some "vintage" prints from the slideshow (like the one above) and will soon begin posting more images of what's available Please feel free to to contact me to ask for more information or share these links with others who would enjoy them. A person can make art all their lives, but it is through continuous, dedicated work and sharing that the artist emerges! Please consider supporting and follow along to see how this develops!