A New Start

By | 2012-10-17T22:11:36+00:00 Sep 22nd, 2011|

Oh. Hello there. It has been a little spell, hasn’t it?

I had set an admittedly arbitrary goal for myself a while back – to post a new image with an anecdote or a lesson every day for two years. I started on January 3rd, 2010 and made it until September 06th, 2011. Close… but not close enough. I’m not really quite ready yet to go into all of the details surrounding my lapse in blog posts but I feel that I am ready to start in a new direction with this blog vehicle and I’m really excited.

Posting a new, single image every day was very, VERY rewarding. The first year, every day for 365 consecutive days, I posted a new tone-mapped HDR image. From that project, I gained some amazing friends, opened up some doors, and positioned myself in this industry. It was a very good thing.

Year 2 allowed me to spread my wings, as it were, and start mixing in different styles and techniques with my images. Not being confined to solely tone-mapped images, I found myself exploring more around LDR, long exposure, and Black and White photography. It was very fruitful in terms of creativity.

September 07th, 2011 came and went in such a flash that I totally lapsed on posting a new image. In all the time that I’ve worked on the 1S24H series, that had never happened. Between our major launch of the new Perfect Photo Suite 6, the first day of Photoshop World, and some personal strife that I was dealing with, I just… forgot.

And I paid the price that I charged myself. Guilt, anger, and embarrassment all waved over me. I failed both myself and my fans who I had spent so much time establishing a routine and commitment with. So, I beat myself up for a bit. I got it out of my system, and I recomposed. Why shouldn’t this be a good thing?

I decided that this would be a cool opportunity to rejigger. I figure, maybe I could start a new format of less frequent/more robust posts. No hard schedules, no minimum, no maximum. Build a collection of new images and share them.

And so with that, I’d like to start my next post with a new series. I spent yesterday morning (September 21st) walking around the Sheepshead Bay and Bay Parkway areas of my home city of Brooklyn, NY. I needed to clear my head and had my newly repaired X100 with me (the camera had defective metering and required a brand new lens assembly – it’s working beyond perfectly now). And so, my first post will showcase some of the minutia – a photographic representation of why I love Brooklyn so. very. much.

Thank you for sticking it out with me, everyone.. I promise it will be worth it.

14 Comments

  1. Bob Lussier September 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Welcome back.

  2. Pat O'Brien September 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Welcome back, Brian. Hope all is well. Hit me up on Google Talk or Facetime sometime, stranger.

  3. Younes Bounhar September 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Welcome back. Great way to start, nice, simple but effective.

  4. Cauley Hayes September 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Glad you’re back! Enjoy you images….

  5. Richard September 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Hey Brian, I’m sure lots of people were wondering where you went. I know I was. Glad to see you’re back and I’m looking forward to your next phase… :)

  6. Chris Lazzery September 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Love the hell out of this shot, dude.
    No need to talk of failure; ’tis a new beginning. Embrace. Looking forward to the new series.

  7. Jesse Pafundi September 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Oh hay

  8. Jacques September 23, 2011 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Great to have you back, brother. And I would certainly not look at any pause as a failure. You post on your own terms, not on ours! We’ll sit back and enjoy the ride.

  9. chris maskell September 23, 2011 at 2:03 am - Reply

    I’m sure the hiatus was needed and will bring fruit. We can get stuck in a routine or pattern and become slaves to ourselves to a detrimental effect. Sometimes a break is important and gives chance to take stock.

  10. david September 23, 2011 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Welcome back friend.

  11. Sean September 23, 2011 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Fantastic image Brian!,..Great to have you back!

  12. Rich Williams September 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    =)

  13. Phil Cohen September 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Simple beauty – looking forward to the ride. Welcome back!

  14. Clif March 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing you photographs, knowledge and ideas, Brian. Having read many of your more recent posts, I’d say your new start has been quite a success!

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