Raw from the Road, May 9, 2017
All Over The Place
All over the place.
Yep that’s me.
I’m all over the place. And today, I am embracing my all over the place-ness.
Sometimes it trips me up when people ask me, “What kinds of photography do you do” or what kind of music do you play?”
They’re just asking a question out of curiosity and all the self-conscious computing is taking place in my sometimes over-thinking brain.
So… finally…I’ve come up with this.
I love that I am all over the f****** place… most of the time.
I don’t photograph just one kind of image and I don’t play or listen to just one type of music.
If I am mediocre in several areas of the arts, so be it… I choose it over boredom and what might become rote.
I play classical, jazz, country (if I have to), R&B, show tunes, my own tunes and any tune that makes me feel good or challenges me.
I photograph trees, people, landscapes, cityscapes, flowers, my feet, your feet, anybody’s feet and shoes if it moves me. I love photographing shoes.
I love creating narratives around subjects that mean something to me whether it’s ageism, feminism, self-exploration, psychology, philosophy, imperfection, my own mainly.
And sometimes, I really love photographing the preposterous… whether it’s getting my subjects to sit mostly naked in a salon chair in the middle of nowhere, photographing the human body to compare to the similarity in nature… or sitting in front of a cracked mirror taking selfies for almost 2 years… I love it all.
I love vibrant color photographs. I love black and white photographs. I love photographing the ocean, the desert, mountains, cars, hands, older people, babies and so on and so on.
While this all may seem chaotic and too diversified, there truly comes a time when it comes together and I create a series from most of the photographs I take.
All I have to do is trust the process and stop trying so damn hard to do just one thing.
I’ve given up trying to fit into a category.
I am an artist and I love creating art. Whether it is fine art painting, photographs, music, mixed media… I love it all and I do it all because it fulfills my soul and feels purposeful.
I also love philosophy, self-discovery, psychology and I’m excited to allow the convergence of it all without categorizing myself.
Next week I have the privilege of guest posting for Color Services in Santa Barbara on their Instagram site, which is kind of what set this off.
I thought about what to post. Should it be thematic? What series should I share? And they said I can post anything I’d like to post.
And this led me to the resolve that I will share a sample of my work and not limit myself to one thing and certainly, not one place.
Hope you will visit me @colorservices on instagram starting on the 15th, for the whole week. (I just may post one of those almost naked people in a salon chair!) Ok, I’m definitely posting from the Salon Chair Diaries!
Thanks for sharing the journey!