What a Difference 5 Years Makes?
I was talking to someone earlier this week who was bemoaning her lack of progress with her photography. I get it-I have been there more times than I would like to admit. But it got me to thinking about what has my progress been about? So I went back into the Jack Henry archives and came up with this-
Cringeworthy? You betcha! And on so many levels. I had gotten Jack Henry a few months back and I had no earthly idea of what to do with him or about him. I was walking him one night and saw that a neighbor was getting rid of their blue velour sofa. So, I thought why not? I told Jack Henry to hop up and away we went. Now I must admit, what I saw in my mind did not prepare me for what I got. It was okay-barely. I could not get rid of the alien-light eye effect–honestly, I was hopeless at this point. I did notice the next night though someone else posing his dog on the couch–hopefully his pictures came out better. This was clearly during our urban-grunge period, though I had the idea of taking his picture on abandoned sofas all over the city. I may still do that. But the point is, I kept on.
Now, Jack Henry circa 2012 I think and I am now experimenting more with still life and portraiture. As you can see, I still did not have a clue about what I was doing–not really. But the thing I noticed by now, was that Jack Henry appeared to like having his picture taken.
I still had not given up on outdoor shots, but was reduced to this weak Walker Evans tribute around the same time.
And then this portrait in 2013-2014 which really made him look like a thug.
Fast forward to 2016–have I made progress? Yes and no. But one thing I do know is that I will never get tired of taking this dog’s picture. And I am grateful for that conversation earlier. While I have no idea what that person will end up doing, I know that for me, it continues to be about showing up, taking chances, and sometimes asking Jack Henry what would he like to be today?
Today’s Dog Quote:
“We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet; and amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog has made an alliance with us.”
For today: What a Difference 5 Years Makes?