Photography fascinates me. It’s still on my mind all the time. I’ve been looking at the talented SZA and Ab-Soul in this picture lately, after the release of CTRL, and just this still conveys (mostly just SZA’s) raw talent.
There is such story telling power in this shot. Here’s another of Richard Bourdon, an artisanal baker in Massachusetts who inspired me to make my own sourdough.
You get his vibe so fast! He’s doing the work of food restoration. I love it. I love the image of youth here, and in SZA’s photo, too. The story is told in the blink of an eye, the scroll of the mouse.
To tell the stories that I see told through the lens, I wanted to tell in a book. Writing is a true skill of mine (MUCH more than photo taking myself, as you may remember from earlier posts…!) There are pertinent stories for me to try and tell in today’s world. Feminism, socialism, issues of racism and discrimination, non-gender binary identifying folks are amongst the groups I wanted to be heard. So I wrote a book!
The story summary is included in a promo hand-out-y thing at the bottom, but the jist is the book follows four narratives of people running up against preconceptions of their worlds as said worlds are being drastically changed in a divine, cataclysmic upheaval. Ya know, like 2017 basically.
I love writing and am glad I got to do it. I am also in love with the world and country I live in and wanted to connect with folks in and around it, so I hope I am able to do that.
You can read the book here. Proceeds of the book go to local nonprofits in Washington.
If you don’t feel like jumping into a book, I’ll be releasing a separate story I wrote. This one is more traditional noir and horror, but with a non-dominant narrative main character. I hope this, too, is helpful to our shared world.
The first issue of this new character, the brooding Judas Sycamore, is a hoot, and I have about four more already written. If people enjoy it, I will put them out there! In the mean time, Sea and Smoke.
Pictures and picture related things are still important to me – I am actively searching for a justice-based photographer in the Seattle area for an awesome nonprofit I work for, for example – but will be focusing on these projects for the foreseeable future.
I wanted to include a few dope pictures I have been thriving on, though. Here’s one more that inspires me when it’s cold, it’s morning and I (still) live in Washington. Believe me when I say this photo captures the mood much more so than the techies may want you to think.
Thanks for reading and, well, reading 😀
- I wrote a book! Read online.
- I wrote a noir horror story! Download it above.
- Photos are still awesome! I shan’t be quitting talking and thinking about the lens-based goodness.