Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Self

Self by The Shutterbug Eye™
Self, a photo by The Shutterbug Eye™ on Flickr.

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Wanted some updated headshots so I took them myself.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Beyond Self

I have to say that I can't believe the press this project has received.  The Daily Mail, wow!!!  But I thought I'd share a little beyond the self portraits.

The little picture to the left is me when I was in kindergarten with my dad and my first cat Sugar.  I still love and own cats today.  Sugar wasn't the first animal I lived with, we had a Sheepdog named Samantha, but sugar was the first pet that was mine.  I pulled this photo out this summer after my Dad lost his battle with terminal cancer.  It reminds me of happy times spent with him.

I still have cats, two to be precise.  Here they both are.  They are one of my favorite photographic subjects.  I also am married with one son but I respect their desire not to be photographed.



I also photograph a lot of other subjects.  Nature is one of my favorite and here are a few photos to share.

In Branches - this image was on exhibit over the summer at The Chicago Photography Center and it was on display with The Artisan Group at the GBK Primetime Emmys gift lounge.


Monarch Portrait - this image is published in the current issue of 5x5 Magazine, 
a fantastic photography magazine that started in 2012.

Abstract Lavender - a painterly abstract nature photograph


I hope this offers a little more insight into me and my work.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 14, 2013

52 of 52: Forty, a year in reflection

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This is my week 52 photograph of my 52 week self portrait project celebrating my fortieth year on this planet The image was taken in the vault at the Chicago Photography Center and is a simple mirror reflection. Having finished 52 weeks of self portraits, I felt it good to reflect on the year and all I've accomplished, the ups the downs and the in betweens.

From a photography standpoint I have done a lot. I became a member of the Chicago Photography Center early in the year; took a film bootcamp class and a class about being in an exhibit. The later ended in an exhibit of the Dubious Quintette where I had six images on display, two of which sold. After that I was invited to help curate the Tattoo II show, on exhibit now. In November I was voted onto the board of directors and now serve as treasurer.

My photos have been in two exhibits; the Dubious Quintette and the current Tattoo II. I also continued to sell on Etsy and had a few portrait sessions. Not only that, I was also active with The Artisan Group and had my work included in celebrity gift bags at gifting events preceding the Academy Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the Primetime Emmys. At the Primetime Emmys I also got some great celebrity photos to boot. These events resulted in features in my local paper and Chicago Magazine online.

One of my goals involved being published and I achieved that with photos included in two issues of 5x5 Magazine; a few issues of the fPOE Collective, which I help edit; and jtwice in the online magazine F-Stop Magazine.

On a sadder note, I lost my father. I will miss him and forever remember him as the one who inspired my first interest in photography a long long time ago. Thanks Dad.

Moving forward, I hope to photograph more, stress less about the small stuff and enjoy life. My next 52 week project is titled "a moment in time" and I am sharing that on Flickr and my blogspot blog "My World Through Photography". It will feature weekly shots from my office window.

Have a fantastic 2013!!! I will continue to share my self portraits here, even though year 40 is behind me. It will not be in a structured 52 week project type of format though.

Monday, January 7, 2013

51 of 52 - Pink Hearts

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This is week 51 out of 52. Only one more week to go. I was having fun with my Lensbaby with this one.

January 5, 2012
Self Portrait using Scout with Soft Focus Optic at f11
Heart texture created using Composer Pro with Double Glass and heart aperture.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Where did the time go?

It's my birthday. The year has come and gone. I have enjoyed the journey and look forward to the continued journey.

This isn't my last photo of this project. Tomorrow I will post photo 51 of 52 and next week will be my last official photo.

My question to you is, do I continue to post to this blog? Or do I wrap things up nice and neat?

Leave a comment to let me know, otherwise I think I'm all alone here!