It’s not often when I pay much attention to the amount of followers or traffic I get on this blog. I guess it’s safe to say that, after more than ten years of posting pictures and stories while refusing to attract sponsors or feature ads. I’m grateful to have a place to post photos and the occasional story for the folks that find and take the time to tune in. However, the recent finding that the blog is up to and stuck on 666 followers as just a little unsettling. Not that I’m religious or have any crazy superstitions. I just feel a bit unsettled being stuck on this particular number for too long. So, if you could select that follow button and take me off Satans “to-do” list. I’d greatly appreciate it and you. Thanks in advance.
As I write this post I am in the throws of missing a favorite band perform at a local club and reflecting on what seems to be an end, or at least a much needed hiatus from my music blogging days. And as one chapter comes to an end. I am hoping to continue writing a new one.
During my decades of show going. I made it a point, with very few exceptions to bring a camera to and document jut about every music event I have attended. As the years passed I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on what I would have done different if I had given the chance.
Aside from the thousands upon thousands of images and pictures I’ve taken of bands playing live. I would have taken more time to document the people and personalities that were often in attendance. Aside from that, I really wish I would have had the time and people skills needed to perhaps photograph them in a more intimate and personal way. Thinking back at all the people I interviewed and shared even the most casual conversation with. I would be gazing upon one hell of a body of work.
Years later, as I see myself greying out of show going and embracing somewhat of a “Take it or leave it. Give no fucks.” , view on life. I feel more comfortable in reaching out. And while I know many of the people I reach out to will turn down my proposal solely based on their hatred of being in front of the camera. I will be forever grateful to the ones that do.
On Tuesday, March 22nd at 11:00pm. I’ll be joining Al Crisafulli and Katie Kazimir on WFDU HD2’s “Signal to Noise”. Over a thirty minute time slot I’ll be answering questions about my photography while playing some of my favorite songs from some of the bands I’ve photographed along the way. As someone who prefers to use imagery to express my thoughts and emotions. This is somewhat of a rare opportunity. A bit scary too. Be sure to tune in. JD
Last week I took some time to work on the website to make it a little more professional and user friendly. I changed to Portfolio section, instead featuring separate pages for my Studio, Location and Boudoir work. I’ve also added a testimonial section and improved the contact page. In the coming weeks I’ll be adding a kids/family section while adding additional testimonials. I’ve linked the page below. Your thoughts and critiques are welcome here and privately. I’d love to hear from you.
Earlier this week I received an email request from a band asking to use one of my images for some shirt designs they were working on. The request, one that would most likely have me beaming with pride in the past. Left me with more mixed emotions than I ever thought I would have. Feelings ranging from surprise, feeling somewhat honored and even a bit uneasy came and went. Sure it was cool to have someone appreciate your work and even want to use it to promote their art. But as selfish as it might look. I couldn’t help but think, “Well, what’s in it for me?” There was no offer of money, product or a percentage share in future groupie earnings. Considering the band is asking for a copy of the image that doesn’t bare my standard watermark. No one is really going to know or care who took the shot. No one will know it’s my work. So it is in no way promoting my so called brand. Later that day, after much consideration, I asked the band for a big bag of filthy money and a stolen truck filled with shirts. I’m still not sure it will happen in the end. Until then.
After a few weeks of choosing images and playing around with different looks and styles. I’ve published a new site that is both professional and at least for now, minimalist. I’ll be adding new and varied work in the near future. For now, it just needs a visit from you.
Come stop by and say hello.