It’s hard to start this post. A week ago, had you asked me how this year has been, I would have answered that it was one of the best years to date, professionally and creatively speaking.
Photographically, I made major breakthroughs in both my photography and my approach to photography. I’m seeing differently, working differently and finally creating photos that I am proud to put my name on. After a heavy slump, I’ve become excited to make photos again.
Professionally, I’ve taken significant strides in branding myself (with lots of help thanks to my sister!) and getting my name out there, which I’ve never been quite comfortable doing. (I hate feeling like I’m high-fiving myself.)
I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Eddie Adams Workshop, where I was both inspired and motivated in a way that I didn’t know was possible.
I made friends with, like, a gazillion other amazingly talented, hardworking and (above all else) caring photographers who I look to for inspiration everyday.
And although it’s never been my end goal, it was also nice to have my work recognized this year in the form of 20+ awards from both the Arizona Press Club and Arizona Newspapers Association, including the title of Arizona “Community News Photographer of the Year.”
Unfortunately, personal and professional growth aren’t of great concern to the suits running most newspapers these days. Talent, perhaps even less so. On Wednesday, I lost my job at the Daily News-Sun due to “restructuring” by 1013 Communications/”AZ Local Media,” the company that owns the newspaper. Another company that operates under the belief that success will be best achieved by doing more (work) with less (staff).
So although my future remains a tad uncertain currently, I hope this change will only help to further the growth I’ve had over the past year.
Just gotta keep turning chicken shit into chocolate pudding.