This is only my second written entry, and so far this journal-slash-blog has been really good for me. It's brought me back a little. Back from feeling behind and anxious about personal goals and projects and everything else unnecessarily stressed about. I think this blog will kind of serve as a definitive space for my obsessions to land. It'll also be pretty key in showing potential clients everything I've photographed in between drag queens and President Obama, which I haven't been doing the best job of sharing.
I've been keeping way too much to myself, in the archives, waiting until I somehow catch up. I want to break that habit. More importantly, I'm ready to. I feel confident enough that my editing and vision are consistent enough that instead of taking photos and only distributing the images to clients, that I'll share five to ten fairly polished selects from every event and shoot I do. This'll give me something to look forward to, and will keep me from dwelling so much on choosing which images get put out into the world. Culling photos for personal projects down the road will also be made easier. I can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and this way I"ll remain caught up outside of the year-and-a-half gap (December 2012 to May 2014) I'm still behind on. It basically gives me a template to work from and stick to going forward.
Anyway, "The Gayborhood" is an ongoing body of work encompassing scenes from Seattle's gay and trans* communities. Recently I finally dumped 160 of nearly 300 images from 2011 to 2012 from the series onto this site, as well as a working artist statement. Except for a notable few selects, I've been sitting on these edits for two to three years, thinking they weren't finished or were too rough or whatever. That needs to end.
Which brings me to R Place. My good friend, assistant and second-shooter Jennnifer DeLeo and I have been the house photographers at the bar for over two years now, and we've photographed 111 Thirsty Thursdays - over one-eighth of the total events I've worked. So the setting, characters and themes have become a large part of our work but, at the same time, a routine that's become welcomed and laid back; one from which we tend to overlook the images we make because we're so used to making them. To combat this, here are shots from this past week, processed for possible inclusion in "The Gayborhood". While most of the work here at the blog will be shared in color, I'll continue to process my club shots in black and white, to hopefully offset them from the rest.
The full Thirsty Thursday albums are posted by R Place each Thursday on Facebook.