Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Day, A New Year

This first day of 2014 has been a quiet day, a day of planning and contemplation. I made two decisions relevant to the new year.

First, I decided to revive a personal custom of writing out a list of wishes / plans for the coming year. I write down what I'd like to see happen, what I'd like to do in the coming year. Once complete the list is placed into a sealed envelope and put away. On December 31, 2014 I'll open the envelope and compare what I thought I wanted to have 2014 be to what 2014 turned out to be.

Second, I decided to continue my 365 photograph a day project although with some modification. This year I will create a work of photographic art every day - some days it will be a photograph taken that day, some days it will be a photograph processed in the digital darkroom for that day, and other days it will be a photographic composition created for that day.

Today, for my first project of the new year, I worked on a still life composition. This particular work was a photograph of a daguerreotype in an old leather case that I found in an antique store. I wondered who this young man was, who loved him, who did he love. Someone treasured him, enough to have a picture of him, enough to keep his picture.

A Young Man, Day 1, January 1, 2014