In it I described how I felt the best way to show someone what you do is to show them my daily takes. Folks that know me know I make pictures everyday whether its portraits, some sort of street scene or still life with my cell phone or on assignment with The Meadville Tribune. I post pretty regularly on Facebook and Instagram.
I love to make pictures.
I wanted to put together a portfolio to show and decided that it is just best and more honest to show what I've saved as my best of 2014 so far and not delve into my lifelong work. (someday I'll make a nice little edition book). My thought is - will a picture i took in 1985 while a student at a photography school, getting shelter, clothing, 3 squares a day from my great middle class up-bringing, really show someone the photographer I am today? Or even a picture I made as a super hungry young photographer thinking that i needed to make great pictures just to keep up with my colleagues at a very good small photo driven newspaper? You are only as good as your last photograph.
So here is a group of photos from 2014 that I am considering for my end of year favorites slideshow. I think this will show my worth(or lack there of) at this stage of my life. This is only my photojournalism work, not my portrait studio work which has been the main focus of my work this year.
I have found for someone who thinks of their work as current or next, that its really hard to make a portfolio of your best work. That might be better for someone else to do.