“A Diary of Favorite Shots” — My struggle to find subject matter in Mississippi continued into September, and I pushed myself to be proactive. I used to shoot wherever I landed, with whatever happened around me, but with little happening here, I didn’t have the luxury of passivity. I used anything, and everything, as an excuse to shoot. Often, I came home frustrated. Other times, I frustrated the people around me with my restlessness.
Finally, two weeks into the month, I felt like I was falling into a style that suited the south. I could put images next to each other, and they made sense in a group. I shot mostly still lifes, texture, and grit. When I found a common thread, I decided to give my iPhone a break, and I started carrying my DSLR everywhere. I wanted to think about archiving my work, printing it, and framing it. To do that, I needed to shoot larger files. “Hello September” brings together some of my favorite shots from ProCamera for the iPhone 4S, plus shots taken with my Canon 7D. All were edited with Lightroom.
I still don’t have a groove for shooting. But I found some ideas for projects that might bring consistency to the work I’m doing. Like exercising, I feel my muscles are stretching, and just when it burns, it means I’m expanding past my limits. October promises to be a month of growth.