Hello, friends -
When I started my project of posting a photo a day, back in 2005, there was one main goal: I wanted to force myself to shoot more, edit more, and share more photos, in an effort to become a better photographer.
That project paid off better than I could have imagined. I recommend it as an exercise for anyone who wants a way to go much deeper in their work. See, for example, the photos from 2005. There are photos I like from that year, to be sure, but the growth from then to the photos from 2013 is undeniable.
As Mr. Close said:
"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
However, like all things, that project has past it's time. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that I'm personally thinking much less in terms of individual successful photos and much more in terms of groups of photos; not necessarily whole portfolios, but certainly a set of photos that cover a certain period of time, or a certain event, or even a certain exercise.
The second reason is that when I started this blog there were no real online photo communities, and we were all just individuals out in the ether. Now there are many excellent photo communities, and I feel like it's time to explore being part of that.
The third reason, and my least favorite, is that my dayjob has been so busy of late that - although I haven't been shooting any less - I've had vastly less time and energy to consistently update this site. Posting a group of photos somewhere is something I can commit to... posting a daily photo... yeah, not so much.
"Enough about you," I can hear you saying, "what does that mean for me?"
Well, there are a few options.
For the near term, at least, I'm going to be posting to 500px.com. There's an active community of good photographers there, and once you skip past all the boobies there's some great, interesting work. So I'm going to try that party out for a while.
If you're on 500px, you can certainly follow me there.
You can also bookmark my photostream there: http://500px.com/David_Adam_Edelstein.
Those of you who are using RSS readers can add this feed: http://500px.com/David_Adam_Edelstein/rss
Thanks to all of you who have read this site over the years. Your comments and feedback have meant more to me than I can say. I'd love it if you join me in the next leg of my photographic journey.
Chrys, on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9:37 PM:
Good to see you are back!
Aye, it was on just such a night as this that we first heard the call of the werewolf