God Likes Jerky.

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So this is a short and sweet one, but every now and then it’s nice to see things like this…I suppose it’s a bit of a validation that perhaps, finally, I’m on the right track. To have two of my images used on a billboard and a label is pretty satisfying encouragement to keep going with this thing. It’s a damn good feeling to know that others are appreciating what you do.

Anyway, so I know a few weeks back I brought up that the two beef jerky companies reached out to use some of my images for various purposes…the local gluten-free jerky company, Topanga’s Finest Jerky, and then there was Oh Oberto. Well, worked out a deal with Topanga’s Finest and here’s a version of the label below. Crazy stuff!

And the billboard…that was interesting…it’s in Scotland of all places, surrounding a town of about 40,000. Yeah, I know…it’s for a church…but still, it’s pretty neat to see one of my images on a  BILLBOARD.

Ok then…

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more than just a pretty picture?

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One of my best friends, who shoots a completely different style than me, mostly street photography with human subjects, asked me a few days ago…what do I see when I look at one of my pictures? Is it just a pretty picture? Or is it more? I knew what i wanted to say, but had to think about it for a little while before figuring out how to say it. I had to think mostly about what I was trying to capture. Then it just started coming out…

What I’m trying to capture is what seems to be pushed in the background more and more and more as technology begins to take over our lives in a singularity-esque fashion. While most people are so narcissistically involved in themselves and their cell phones and their tablets and their computers and their feeds and posts and status updates and whatnot, they’re increasingly becoming less and less aware of theirs surroundings and those things that are outside of their little bubbles…just outside of their little bubbles. We are forgetting more and more those things that are bigger than us, those that are more magnificent than any blog post or new app or making sure everyone knows what they’re having for lunch.

My intentions with my subjects and photography are to try to do what I can to counter-balance that to the best of my abilities. What I’m trying to do is bring attention to those very things that we’re paying less and less attention to, and those things that have been here long before us, and will be here long after we’re gone.

The natural world.

I’m trying to document nature and life in its magnificent glory to the best of my abilities and hope that maybe, one person that sees it, will be inspired enough to unplug for just a little bit and look around them. see and feel and experience these things that we so take for granted. all these things that are more incredible and more amazing and more vital to our lives and our well-being and our survival as a species than any tablet or feed or pair of glasses we can ever find ourselves engrossed in. none of that stuff…NONE of it…matters in the least. but all the stuff around us that we selectively ignore…that stuff does. that is the basis of our existence. that is the source of our happiness and our relief. and that is what i’m trying to bring attention to.

So with that, here’s another one from last week’s snowy trip to Yosemite. The peak of El Capitan peeking through the clouds. The grandeur of that chunk of granite is so ridiculously awe-inspiring that it has galvanized scores of ridiculously strong-willed people folk to climb the bloody thing with nothing but their bare hands. It’s like that.

a slice of yosemite layer cake.

a slice of yosemite layer cake.

So I just got ‘fired’ from my job. Long story, but it is what it is. I truly hope the best for the company, I wholeheartedly believe in the product and plan to work with them on a freelance basis for sure. But I suppose I lost a bit of enthusiasm over the past few months. Probably has a lot to do with my personal situation. Not good financially, coming off a long and arduous year of a rocky relationship that ended in epicly hurtful fashion, live alone in the hills so don’t really have much interaction with humanity these days. But something about getting fired was ok with me. Granted I haven’t been fired from a gig since Trader Joes in high school, but still, I was okay with it.

Not sure what I’m going to do, so some would say I’m crazy. I had a job where I was getting paid while working from home on what was supposed to be photography with close to no oversight at all. Yeah, sounds crazy, but for some reason I’m slight relieved. Felt I was getting dragged into a certain energy that I was around before and didn’t want to go back down that route…an energy where most of what is important is lost in the capitalistic non-stop no-end pace that only leads to ulcers, heart attacks and cancer. Have seen it too many times, don’t want to end up there, and I know there are more important things in life and I’d rather be around the energy that will nurture that. And right now, the only energy nurturing that side of me are the photos and the processing.

It’s truly a blessing when you’re doing something that actually feels right and you get to a point where you can start to discern what feels right and what doesn’t for yourself…you can actually pay attention to your gut and not pass it off. This Yosemite trip was a blessing and I can truly say that I haven’t felt as ‘in the zone’ as I have the past few days in the moments I’ve had a chance to sit and play with and process some of these images. The feedback from G+ and FB and 500px are just fueling my fire and it feels good to care about something like this again. And the fact that some of my images were accepted into Dreamstime.com stock photo site were just another little boost of confidence. Then that mention of one of my images on This Week In Photo podcast was a high for sure. And the fact that Megan Racing was happy with my work and will be hiring me for more photos is a boost. Hell, I look back and it’s actually been a damn good month for me in the photography regards. If I didn’t write all this down, I’m not sure I would have recognized that there’s some momentum behind some of what I’m doing.

I actually feel better now than I did before beginning this post.

Ahh…the power of the blog.

Anyhow, here’s one from the Yosemite trip that made me feel good while processing today. ‘a slice of yosemite layer cake.’