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Past & Present

The funny thing about starting a new year is looking back at the past.

January always seems to be the month of retrospective: what did I do that I liked, what should I do in the future, how did I fuck up?

A lot of it has to do with the contest circuit. Mainly, Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Contest entries are due in mid January.

I’m not sure if it really has anything to do with adding street cred to the résumé as it does to trying to raise the bar in the profession. Though I suppose both go hand in hand.

I’m realizing that while January is nearly over, I’ve hardly photographed a thing. Spent the first two weeks editing my POYi sports portfolio. The past week planning upcoming adventures.

Contests are a crapshoot. And bullshit. It’s cool when you win, but you can’t get upset when you don’t. I’ve often felt that some contest winners have been mediocre at best. And I have no doubt others have felt that way when seeing my award-winning crap.

Photography, as in art, is totally subjective.

I’ve spent much of 2007 trying to figure out what I want to tell visually, what interests me. That doesn’t always translate into contest wins. Whatever.

I had many people I truly respect look over my work from this past year. Some parts of an edit, I loved. Others, less certain.

Not sure if this is a winning edit – in large part because it’s so different than what others came up with – but it’s what I submitted for 2007 Sports Portfolio. For whatever it’s worth, it feels right to me.

If it wins nothing, at least I had fun making the photos. That’s the real victory, anyway.

Now I can move on to 2008.
  • Fly on the Wall - January 24, 2008 - 9:23 am

    great stuff. the cel phone/limo hand is way cool.


  • Craig Mitchelldyer - January 24, 2008 - 10:40 am

    gotta say, its very solid. not a single frame I don;t like which doesn’t happen often for me when looking at a “portfolio”


  • Chris Detrick - January 24, 2008 - 11:42 pm

    awesome stuff. I like the edit.


  • ariel zambelich - January 31, 2008 - 4:16 pm


    looks like a winner to me, buddy.


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