Is Photography Life?

by on November 17, 2015

As I mentioned a few days ago, it’s been months since I’ve blogged. Little did I know as I was writing this blog post mid-August, a crime was being committed against me. I found out hours later after I wrote that post. I’m physically okay, but it’s been a trying few months. My car was stolen from my condo and along with it, a bunch of property. This act shocked and impacted me on several levels, including my photography, but at least it’s just property, which is slowly being replaced. I was quickly reminded of this fact when just four weeks later, my dad suddenly became dangerously ill and we thought we were going to lose him one afternoon in September. It’s been gut wrenching and scary as hell (he’s slowly on the mend) to once again have the floor pulled out from under you. As you can imagine, my time and energy has been focused elsewhere and I’ve let the dust collect on this site and other things for a while. It’s about priorities and my family tops that list. No questions.

Two pumpjacks operating during a sunrise on the rural Alberta prairies, Alberta landscape, Oil and Gas.

I’m still in the process of dealing with insurance, so the actual act of making new images was somewhat placed on hold for a while, but that’s okay. Okay because it has to be. I’ve still kept up with our photography podcast where I’m a co-host (4+ years now!), but the time away from the camera has allowed me to think about my photography, where it was, where it should have been and where it needs to be / headed. I’ve come to several conclusions and the most excited I’m about is pursuing a couple of personal photography projects I had shelved a while back. As I sort out my gear woes, and life is slowly settling down personally, I’m revising my strategy so when I am able to really start shooting again, I’ll be able to go full throttle, or so I hope. I’ll also be slowing re-adding blog posts from the old site in the new year and redo some galleries, etc. Basically kick the dust bunnies outta my site!

Once I find myself back in the field, I will feel a whole lot better. While I’ve yet again been reminded photography is not everything, it turns out it’s a bigger part of life than I was willing to admit, but not for the reasons I originally thought. The umpteenth thing I’ve realized since the summer? To make more images of those around me.


See you in the field!




Photographer. Podcaster on hiatus. Edmonton Oilers lovah. Cinematic Star Wars fan. Fond of wildlife conservation, animal rescue orgs, and all things Johnny Cash. Gen X. 

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