Change Ahead

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Like any self-respecting conceptual thinker I always have a small notebook tucked in a pocket or bag in close proximity. Particles of thought often randomly leap into existence just long enough to capture only if a way to record them is immediately available. Fragile in their hopelessly transient nature, they often disappear without a trace just as suddenly as they appeared. The particular notebook I have been using is a black Moleskine given to me by award winning freelance photographer David Spielman. It's just like any other notebook with the exception of a short quote penned in capital letters for emphasis and a stamped logo. Each time I record a thought I am reminded of the transformative power of art by the quote of French painter Edgar Degas.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see
— Edgar Degas

As my life experiences over the last several years have shaped my thinking, my photographic output has not adjusted with it. Am I still making others see the things I am most passionate about? There is only so much divergence of concept and finished product before you begin finding your own work somewhat vapid and meaningless, therefore my work has come to a crossroads where it must evolve to keep pace with my changing philosophy and vision. Expect to see more specificity of message, less color, larger groupings of images and bodies of accompanying text in upcoming projects. The creative process is unpredictable, and there are no answers at the back of the textbook. Expect failures along with success but know that I am working hard to create images that resonate strongly with me, and hopefully with those who view my work.

Respectfully,
Nathan