Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Long Week

Lauren in Sword & Sorcery
It's been a rather long week. It's Spring Break here and my wife has been out of town since last Saturday visiting our son and his family in Mesa, Arizona. She goes there every year to spend some time with our two year old granddaughter and to soak up some sun to recharge her internal solar cells.  Usually when she's away I take the time to work on my photography by doing a couple of shoots, scouting some new locations for my summer shoots, and post processing images from previous shoots.

This year, however, circumstances prevented me from my normal Spring Break activities. My left knee went out just before she left requiring the use of a cane, large doses of anti-inflammatory medications, and the occasional pain killer. That really limited my mobility and prevented me from doing much scouting or shooting.  Add to this the cold, wet weather we've been experiencing this March (record setting rain and low temperatures) and I simply didn't do any scouting our outside shooting at all. So, I've primarily been limiting myself to cataloging recent shoots and post-processing images from my back catalog.

I've also been thinking about where I'm going with my photographic projects. I'm wrapping up a couple of projects this year - The Fae in Us All and Women & Chains. That's not to say, I won't shoot any more images like those once the project is complete, but rather I'll be switching my concentration to a different project. I haven't come to any decisions yet, but after this year, or maybe even later this year I'll switch to something new or different. I'm looking forward to that as there will be new techniques to learns and different lighting with which to experiment. In the meantime, you'll just have to put up with the materials I've been working on for the last few years.

Christy & the Chair
Ashley as the Art Fae


Charles said...

How do you feel about getting to the end of those projects? I, for one, look forward to some of the summation material you have talked about putting together. I know you have been working on those projects for a long time and I think it would be interesting to see all that material in one place. And to see the evolution over time.

Mark said...

I think I have mixed feelings. I really enjoy the project and I'm sure I'll revisit them in time - but I hope with paying clients and at the same time, I feel ready to move on to something different with other challenges to explore.