The image above is one that did make the cut.
I apologize for the lack of content on my blog aside from the images. I’ve been going through some major life changes with a new job and looking for a new place to live in my job’s city. Everything is well and positive, but the transition is a challenge, ad expected.
Over a year ago, five college students when on a road trip to Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks. Alex Harrison, Shea Grehan, Sam Layendecker, Joey Nottoli, and Jeff Smudde are their names. Nine days of chaos and beauty. Nine days of not knowing what would come next. Nine days of worry and awe. Those nine days were some of the most memorable of my life.
I’ve since graduated and accepted a job at Herald & Review in Decatur, IL, Sam lives and works at Yellowstone National Park, and Shea, Alex and Joey all have one more year of university left. Things have changed a lot in all of our lives since the road trip. While we may not talk as much as we used to, we all have this trip as a cornerstone of our connections to each other. While I’ll be out living my life, and they theirs, I wish them all well in their endeavors.
The sixty photographs I posted for months were stepping stones for me. I learned from my mistakes in composition, light, technical failure, and concentration. I realized the photographs I decided to publish were strong for a reason, and I acknowledge that some people may prefer some of the photographs that didn’t make the cut.
I don’t get to do traditional landscape photography as often anymore, but I still love to do it and will always welcome a chance to make photographs of God’s creation.
My personal style in photography hasn’t necessarily changed in philosophy, but rather expanded in visual subject matter. I approached the road trip similar to how I approach most of my photographs today. I look for the content and context that is often over-looked, disregarded, or not seen as beautiful as that that is next to it.
I gained a lot from this road trip, and the lessons I learned while there and in the aftermath are lessons that I will take with me for years to come. I learned about myself as a person, as a photographer and as a visual artist.
There’s no doubt another trip like this will happen for me again in the future. But for now, it’s time to focus on work.