To all my old friends and watchers out there. I still lurk around here a few times a month. I'll even occasionally put up new photography and artwork. The majority of my time right now when not working is spent on my computer learning audio production the same way I've learned everything here in my gallery; by teaching myself. I make a range of stuff that pulls influence from a lot of different artists and genres, but in the end is uniquely me.
You're all welcome to visit my [soundcloud page]. I also still monitor my incoming messages here, feel free to say hi.
I'm up in Aspen through New Years and I'm in too much pain to snowboard with my family. I can't think of many things more frustrating than to be staying at a ski resort with probable epic powder days today and tomorrow. Currently snow is falling lightly with more on the way, I do have my camera with me and I'm hoping to go for some walks as well and take some photos once more fresh snow has accumulated.
I'm also planning on entering an Excision remix contest, I finished part of said remix before I took off for the holidays and I'll have nearly a full month to complete it once I get home. I'm really quite happy with what I have down so far. The contest prizes include a possible EP to be released by the Excision/Datsik/Downlink label of Rottun Records. Keeping my fingers crossed as Rottun is arguably the best Dubstep label out there. Wish me luck.
I produce a little Dubstep/Psystep/Futurestep on the side. I started a little over 2 months ago. As I'm still learning to produce, all my tracks here are available for free download. Also keep in mind that many of the songs up there aren't properly mastered yet.
Never knew how much crap I had to sift through in my gallery. I've gone through the entire thing, bumped most of the stuff but the really good art to scraps, and organized the rest. Also sorted out my favorites for my featured art. Now I can fill it up with more.
I've been on a hiatus from dA for a few years after the whole nightmare with my ex-wife and can finally create again.
What does this mean?
Watch your inbox. I'll be going through my gallery and cleaning it up so only the best art remains. If you have an old favorite you may want to download it, it may or may not be there when I'm done.
I'm also in the process of going through many old shots that I have yet to do anything with, this changes now. New prints will be available and I'll be shooting some concepts and taking some special photo trips here soon, keep an eye out for them.
I've uploaded 6 new shots w/ prints today. Go look at em!
Life is really starting to piss me off, there is a good side to this sort of shit happening though. When life pisses me off I get inspired to create, call it an escape if you want but I call it a release. Stay tuned.
So, I went to ITT Tech the other day to just talk to some people there about what it would take to get me back in to school. 24 hours later my financial aid was covered and I was enrolled in my first class. I guess it helps that I showed up there on the first day of the new semester.
So no I'm in school working on my associates degree for IT: Computer Systems and Networking. I owe no money up front. I have until next march to whittle $6161 down as far as I can for the year's tuition, the rest of the funding is covered with grants and federal loans. Now I just need a new laptop, I'm looking in to this.
I still need a job but things are semi-stable for the now. I can say that I'm really happy with how things are turning out. Seems like I finally got myself on the right track.
I've been thinking a lot about things since I've become unemployed. Mainly that I really haven't been doing enough with my photography. I've done a couple presentations, shot a couple of weddings, and did a small shoot for a newsletter my dad was putting out. All that is fine really but it's not what drives me. I can easily make money photographing some event, and quite often that turns out to be pretty fun to do as well.
What I've really been wanting to do more of is getting out of town. To the middle of nowhere. To go get lost and take some pictures.
Perhaps the Pacific Northwest has that effect on me. I've never had this level of creativity outside of this geographic location. I'm so happy I moved back, I missed it so much.
In the short time I've been here I've already had some pretty stellar photo outings. This brings to mind so many places around the area that I've rarely gotten to shoot, and the other places I've never photographed. I'm going to go to as many of those places as I can this year and see what I can catch.
Another thing that has been pretty heavy on my mind is the memory of my aunt Treva who left us last August after a long battle with cancer. She and her friends were always so creative and supportive of each other. Even though I didn't really get to spend much time with her she still had a big effect on me now that I look back on it. I got some news the other day that the foundation started in her honor, The Treva Hoffman Foundation, is looking to make a calendar of some photos taken around Oregon with the proceeds to go toward cancer studies for women. I thought of some great photos I've taken in the area that I want to allow them to use.
The thought of having some of my work in a calendar is something I've always wanted to do. I've toyed with the idea of releasing my own calendar for years now. Sadly a lot of bullshit got in the way and I lost that spark. Now that I'm back though that spark is rekindled, and thoughts of putting out some photo books and calendars came up again.
I'm currently researching the logistics of making this happen, and I've found some pretty good options. I'm going to start looking in to advertising too so that maybe I can sell some more of my prints. Being unemployed at the moment kinda has it's perks I guess but it also has some drawbacks. Anyway this is becoming long winded enough that I'll just wrap it up with this:
-I will be putting out a 2010 photo calendar, and possibly a photo book -I have some serious plans to go on some pretty big photo excursions this year -I'm going to get my website back up -I'm finally going to do what I always wanted to do and not what others expect me to, I've been unhappy for far too many years now and it's time to get back to doing what makes me happy.
I'm unsure if I'll really be using deviantart as a fulcrum to get all this going, I haven't really been part of the community here since I split with my ex-wife. I can't say I really know many people here before, not like I did in the past, and i'm really not sure if I want to put in all the effort here to become known again like I was back then. It just really doesn't hold the appeal for me that it once did. If I'm going to put the effort in to being seen it will be on my own website, where I don't have to battle with thousands of others to get page hits. I'm sure I'll still post some of my better work here and make prints available, but I can honestly say I don't really care to be part of the community here again, it just wouldn't ever be the same as it was.
Watching: the clock tick by. I should be sleeping.
Ever get a cramp in your sleep?
At 5:30 this morning, a massive cramp in my left calf woke me from a dead sleep. Nothing I could do would loosen it, a 30 minute hot shower didn't even help. By the time it did finally relax it was too late. I had to work all day today on a very tender leg.
Watching: the clock tick by. I should be sleeping.
Move along nothing to see here.....
Hmmmm the last activity I had on the site was a random journal I entered on August 8th, 2006. It's been even longer since I submitted something. Well to those of you too lazy to remove me from your dev watches during my hiatus, You're in for a surprise. I've uploaded, not just 1... not just 2... but 3 new deviations. All available for print. Depending on how they are received over the next week or so there may be more to follow.