JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01.01.22

Happy New Year
Happy New Year
May we all have a vision now and then
Of a world where every neighbor is a friend

~Happy New Year, ABBA

And we’re off!

A tabula rasa.

A blank slate.

Unwritten chapters in the book of 2022.

It’s all hokey and trite, yes.

But it is something to consider, for sure.

Perhaps this week, this month, is the time to look around and take stock. What do we need to add to the recipe, or subtract, to get you to where you want to be.

For me, there are a few things I want to work on, in all aspects of my life, for sure – get back into better shape; read more; develop a new hobby or skill; have more patience with my kids.

Continue making photos, good, bad, or awesome.

Photographically, I want to do more portraits of people and tell their story. The shoot I did with Camille Conte last February is more of what I’d love to do this year. That also means doing the legwork to find the people to shoot, find the time to do the shoots and come up with the creative concepts. I find it hard to get all three to gel at the same time sometimes.

A few months ago, I bought a Canon 5DMarkIV. Been meaning to do a blog post on all that, but I haven’t yet (that’s another goal – blog more. I slacked a lot in 2021). I’m still learning the camera and my goal is learn it even more so that the functions are second nature to me. Right now, I’m still thinking about it too much and I need for it to become an extension of my hand.

I’d also like to possibly delve into video more. That seems like a huge undertaking to me, especially the editing part, but it could be fun.

I hope to get more involved with Asbury Park Vibes, too. My friend, Diane, has a great space there and I hope to a) help her with the business and b) put it to great use!

I also want to revamp my portfolio website – needs to be cleaned up and out – and perhaps restyle his blog space.

I’ve been separated for six months now. That whole process definitely put a dent in 2021, my headspace and a lot of other things. But, I feel like my feet are getting back under me now and I’m ready to take on this new life. And especially be there for my kids!

So…onwards!

And thanks to everyone who stops by this corner of the internet, reads what I wrote and comments. It’s much appreciated!

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This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: At 10:30 pm on New Year’s Eve, I finished One Police Plaza, my 35th book of the year. I want to read at least 45 this year. I also started Ride A Pink Horse, a hard-boiled mystery by Dorothy B. Parker.

What I Watched This Week: Welcome To Earth, starting Will Smith. Also, Last Night In SoHo, which was good, but more of a visual inspiration exercise for me. Not really into these type of psychological horror stories.

What I Listened To This Week: I found the podcast, Deep Natter, with Jeffery Saddoris and Sean Tucker and it’s a fantastic listen on my daily walks.

Digital Photography School: DYI Photography and Accessory Hacks You Can Make At Home

Reuters: Behind the photo that defined the January 6 insurrection, from Leah Millis.

CNN: 2021 as seen through the eyes of 21 women photographers

Washington Post: The weird tale of Abraham Lincoln’s casket photos

Favorite Image Of The Week: via Saed Hindash (@throughthecameraeye on IG)

Watch/Listen: Focus On The Moment with Zack Whitford on Behind The Shot TV/Podcast

RIP: Sabine Weiss, street photographer

RIP: John Madden. His Raiders beat my Eagles in the 1980 Super Bowl, but I still loved him as an announcer, and as a personality.

RIP: Betty White. Take three minutes to learn about The Great Herring War...and laugh (mostly improved, I read)

Advice: Back up your work! And back up your backup!

“To Photogs – You must understand the times you are living in. You are a documentarian – a historian. You must understand where you are!” ~ Bill Eppridge. 

 

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