This has got to be the “umpteenth” time I have revised, re-revised, and re-re-revised my own website. I have gone from a pure, “classically organized” photography blog to SmugMug, back to a photography blog etc. etc. etc. I guess all of this was a symptom of being, well, lost in the vast sea of my own countless photographs. I started photographing in earnest in 2006, and until now that means I have accumulated so many pictures I have filled literally terabytes and terabytes of storage.
That changed when I had a heart-to-heart with the owner and editor of “Lenswork”, Brooks Jensen. While some of what he had to say was hard to hear, it opened my eyes to “project-based” picture organization. What this in essence means is that you don’t just work in series, you work based on a notion, concept or place – something which binds what you do together. If you simply bumble from thought to thought, visually enticing motif to visually enticing motif, all you are left with is, well, that sea of photographs – or, as Brooks calls it, “pile of prints”.
However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be spontaneous as a photographer, and react to what is immediately around you. If you do it right, it will grow into a larger body of work. Or not. I mean to from time to time post that day’s musings here, as an outlet for what was “thrown” at me that day. At some point it will hopefully develop from a stream of consciousness to something bigger.