I found our this week that my photography portfolio has been accepted to attend a week long seminar at Santa Fe Photography Workshops next month. I feel like I’ve reached a point with my work where I need to reevaluate what I’m doing photographically.
Last fall I made a decision to stop shooting my personal work for a while to recharge and decide what is next. It was a painful decision to make, but I think necessary. The book I’m currently writing is one way I’m exploring why I stopped and what that all means.
I attended a two-day photography seminar last October, shortly after I decided to put my personal art on hold. It was a bit odd to experience such an immersion of lectures on a wide variety of topics, and at the end of it, I won a Santa Fe Workshop. Something was telling me, it was okay to take a little break, but I wasn’t done yet.
I’ll be studying with a remarkable photographer called Doug Menuez. His story is incredibly inspiring, and the opportunity to spend a week with him will be a gift on so many levels. I’ll be pretty much cut off from the world while I’m there. No internet. No television. Perfect. I expect I’ll find some piece of what I’m looking for there.
I’ll go with an open mind, and no expectations, except that I know when I travel like this, I do find clarity of vision. Something I’m in need of these days.
Other than that, life has been more peaceful and happy than I can remember in a long time. I’ve eliminated a few things that were causing drama, a little bit of pruning that I think is necessary from time to time. Sometimes things you think you can’t live without are exactly the things that are holding you back from moving forward.
I feel good about 2008 so far. Lots on the horizon. Lots of new projects and people. New things to experience in ways I haven’t before. I can’t wait to get started.