I knew it was coming but it didn't ease the pain, at least not anymore than the practice in which the assignment was meant to force. You see the first assignment of my year long project is "Portrait of a Stranger" and all the people I don't know but hire me to make their protrait don't count. For this I had to go out and find myself a stranger to photograph, and for those of you that know me at all, this quiet, reserved, even socially distant guy that is more than willing to hide behind his camera was more than just a little out of his comfort zone. But it made snese the first time I heard it and I've seen it proven true on several occasions - That's [outside our comfort zone] where the magic happens. There's no studio magic here, everything happened in just a couple minutes, only a single light turned way down to reduce the shadows, but there was a hint of magic in asking this young man if I could shoot him, while he told me what he was fishing for and how his day had gone so far.
It's been a long time since I've written a blog post so it's oast due to annoiunce some recent changes. The biggest change most of you care about of course is my permanent relocation to Coeur d'Alene, ID. I've been spending more and more time here and back in february a couple things started falling in place to make the move a reality and April completed the sale of my home and studio in San Jose. I'm still working on finding the right location for my studio needs but as always location work is keeping me busy. For those of you based in the San Francisco area, don't worry, I haven't forgotten or abandoned you. Part of my relocation will allow me more travel flexibilty across the country and coming back to work with you again is certainly part of that. Products of course can still be shipped and that might even be faster than trying to navigate rush hour :).