New Things

I think I mentioned before I’m feeling positive things sweeping through my life in 2009. There is certainly plenty out there in the world to be concerned about, and I am. But as far as my own orbit goes, I’m working hard to keep things moving in a very positive direction.

I found out last week that one of my Obama Grant Park Rally photos from election night is going to be in a book and a gallery in Washington DC to commemorate President Obama’s first 100 days in office. Very exciting.

billysheahanstudio_03apr2008_0010Things are hopping at the studio as well these days. My interns have been shooting projects for school and it’s fun to see what they’re creating. That’s Ashley photographing Roz on Friday night here. Lots of fun.

Earlier in the day my friend Mark and I headed over to the MCA to see the Buckminster Fuller exhibit there. Completely inspiring. His ideas were so ahead of his time. It would be interesting to see what the world would be like is some of them had actually taken hold.

One of his quotations the museum was displaying on the gallery walls really caught my eye…

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

billysheahanstudio_03apr2009_0023Something I’ve been taking to heart a lot the last few months. Instead of fighting against the stream, build a new stream. Sometimes it’s better to try new things than trying to bend the existing ones into submission. That never really works anyway. You just end up with a lot of bent things.

This is a test photo I took while I was setting lights for Ashley’s shoot. Something a bit different for me. New things. He’s not actually hovering above the chair. A little perspective play. But I thought it was interesting for a test.

And Spring in Chicago is just 3 short months away… I’m still a little bitter about the hail today.

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