As I write this, I’m laying in a hammock sprinkled with sunlight after a nice hike, delicious campfire breakfast, sunrise photography + devotion, and yoga - but not neccicarily in that order. This semester so far has been pretty great, I’ve been able to work hard on my projects and insert my own ideas into them while keeping good grades. I’ve discovered that the key to success in art school is only to remember that I’m creating my future and discovering my artistic niche instead of just earning a grade. The good grade seems to be what tells me that I’m doing it well. I’ve enjoyed almost every project thus far.
Thanks to Photographer’s Forum, a magazine that the photography department gets, I’ve got a better Idea of what kind of photographer that I want to/can be. Many of the photographers from the magazine do fine art and journalistic work that supports a cause or brings awareness. For example, Benjamin Rusnak (http://www.benjaminrusnak.com) does humanitarian photojournalistic for social service agencies and magazines, Peter Turnley (http://www.peterturnley.com) documents the human condition around the world, and Nick Brandt (http://www.nickbrandt.com) used his powerful fine art skills to protect wildlife in Kenya and Tanzania. These guys, among quite a few others that I have found via Photographer's Forum, are my heroes.
While portrait, fashion, and nature photography are all great, I think that awareness, especially in America , is needed in our generation. It is much too easy to get caught up in our own little selfish world and forget to look around to realize how good we have it and what we can do what we have.
Back what I am doing and what I have now… It’s been wonderful to escape from the modern, high-tech world and hide out in nature for a bit. It has been such a wholesome two days spending time with good friends and meditating on God’s creation. Something that I realized about nature is that unlike cities, nature goes on without humanity. Nature isn’t centered around providing for us or making us comfortable, neither is the universe. I got to see the milky way for the first time that I can remember, and I felt so small but so serene. The universe doesn’t need me, if I fail it won’t fall apart because I’m just one tiny part of a very large universe.
I've mixed in a few more personal images because the reality is that often, my personal and artistic life overlap and I'm able to step back and cherish what I have by seeing my personal life in a different light.