I have finally made it out the other side from the injection hell, and oh, what a hell it was this time. I’m guessing that because they did five sights instead of the usual two or three, it took me far longer to recover than normal. But, I am at last on the mend and able to do normal things like driving and picking up my cats to kiss their noses. I meant normal for me.
I’ve been able to do a bit of shooting on my off time, which are all shoots I’m excited to share with you. Some of them have made it up on to Flickr already, but much is still coming.
But the news! I have several announcements today, which I’ve been anxious to be able to talk about. Let’s start with the biggest one. I am starting an online photography class. I’m calling it Introspective: A Photographic Quest. It will be an eight-week, on-line course in which you will use your camera to explore your inner self. This is not a class about camera basics such as f-stops, apertures and shutter speeds…although links to helpful technical articles will be provided. This class is about digging deep into your core and capturing what you find there in photographs.
Each week, you will receive assignments challenging you to delve into your secrets, fears and joys. And you will share what you create with other explorers via an exclusive Flickr group, sharing, comparing and connecting with people from around the world.
In the most basic sense, this class is about self portraits. Because, whether you choose to stay behind the camera or actually put yourself in the photographic frame, your images will reveal something about who you are and the discoveries you make as you proceed through this course. You will grow as a person and as an artist. You will celebrate and express the real you.
Photographic experience is not required and neither is expensive equipment. All you need is a camera and a desire to express yourself in new, honest and profound ways.
Interested? Want to sign up? Early birds who sign up before April 12th will get a special rate of $60 for the entire eight-week class. After April 12th, the cost goes up to the regular $75. The class begins on May 2nd! Visit my site to sign up!
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That is the biggest news, but not the only. I entered an online self portrait contest which I am very excited about! If you win the grand prize you get an entire year of your life paid for so you can completely concentrate on your art. Oh my… I can’t even tell you how much I want to win 🙂 There is also a People’s Choice Award, which is a pretty sweet prize in an of itself. The person with the most votes wins that one, so if you enjoy my work, I would very much appreciate it if you would take a moment and vote for me! There is no registration required, simply click on the number of stars you feel I deserve. You can vote once every 24 hours, so feel free to do so as often as you would like 🙂 Thank you very much for your support!
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Lastly, I am very excited that I have met and worked with yet another Model Worth Working With. Her name is Aly Darling, and she is a darling. Our first few conversations went about like this: “I’m really into XZY Obscure Painter.” “You are? I am too!” and “I found this poem I wanted to base a photo off of.” “That’s one of my favorite poems!” That theme repeated in endless varieties. So not only did it turn out we had an astonishing amount in common personally, we meshed artistically even more so. Aly has a certain solemnity in her eyes, despite her youth, which makes her able to emote effortlessly. And she has the knowledge of how to move in front of the camera which usually only comes with years of dance and modeling. She is a joy to photograph.
And in addition to becoming another of my go-to models for my endless projects, she is also a genuine, wonderful friend, a trait which is even rarer to find than talent in modeling. That trifecta of modeling talent, similar artistic goals and friendship is what makes the absolute best models for me. Here’s a little taste of what we’ve done so far, with much more to come.