While spending more than eight hours driving up I-95 from South Carolina to Virginia yesterday, I had ample time to reflect on 2014 and think about the brand new year upon us.
Over time, I’ve realized that New Year’s Resolutions do actually help me achieve my goals, despite the naysayers out there who dismiss them. I’ve also learned that if I make longer-term resolutions that are taken in more manageable steps, they turn out to be a great way to encourage me to slowly evolve rather than jump into something and then eventually fall back into old patterns.
This year one of my resolutions is to return to posting a photo each day on my blog. My long-term followers might remember back in 2011 when I started out with just such a challenge. That was a pivotal year in my career and life, and refocusing on photography was a fantastic outlet and a way for me to recreate my creative self.
Over the past 10 months, I’ve discovered yet another level of photographic inspiration through The Arcanum. The new friends and fellow photographers I’ve met from throughout the world have enriched my love of and skills in photography well beyond anything I could have imagined just a year ago.
From the one-on-one interaction with my Arcanum Master Laurie Rubin to feedback from my cohort peers to the ever-growing Arcanum Grand Library of educational tutorials, it’s like a tree of inspiration taking root and branching out in all directions! There are also the Arcanum in-person meet-ups, The Creation Wars and the impromptu Google Hang-Outs, so perhaps the most challenging aspect is figuring out which ones to try first and how to best divvy up the limited bandwidth we have out here in the Virginia countryside.
This year I see my photographic world further expanding, and although I don’t have a specific path mapped out quite yet, I know the general direction I want to travel. So, I hope you’ll enjoy following along with me as I see where my camera takes me in 2015. Happy New Year!