New Directions & Such

I've been writing a lot over the past few weeks about the blog taking a new direction as my website gets a complete haul over, but haven't shared much insight as to what that new direction will be. Today, I thought I would share those plans.

For two years now, I've kept Cats Like Scotch as an ongoing outlet of the photographs I had been taking. And for two years, the photographs have been posted without any visible common thread to any of you. As I have learned more about photography, people, and myself, I've been able to start focusing in on what it is I'd actually like to do in my visual pursuit. Part of that will be presenting my photographs in collections, or projects, on my website rather than just in an admittedly random assortment as is their current state. In doing so, I feel as though I'm really exposing a great deal about who I am and the things I have experienced. To show you a clip is easy: I can tell you it's a single photograph I enjoy without further explanation but to show you an entire series, well, I have to give you substance, something of myself.
The second part of my plan will be a more focused blog, in some ways, anyhow. It's likely that I will continue to share photographs I take that have no place in a series and would also like to keep you in the loop on the things I'm working on by offering sneak peeks. But, what I'd really like this blog to become is a place for inspiration. Not by myself, but by showcasing the things and people that inspire me. We are all creative in our own way and we are all at risk of falling victim to creative blocks or become stale by continuously drawing our inspiration from one source. One way that I intend to do this is by featuring interviews with different artists regarding their creative process. This feature will begin very soon and will reoccur weekly.

So that's that...


Love Potion #9

I've been mixing chemicals again. Sunday will be one of those very enjoyable days spent locked within the confines of my apartment developing multiple rolls of film.

It's among my favorite things in the world to do...Sunday is going to be a good day.

In the meantime, while I'm preparing, I thought I'd post a quote that I cannot confirm is accurate but I enjoy nonetheless.

"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don't bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godad said: "it's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to." - Jim Jarmusch

Until next time...

La Fin (twenty-eleven)

Two-thousand and eleven has been a monumental year for me, though it's hard to say it's been the biggest yet. My life, like many my age, has been in a transitional period since I was twenty years of age and every year has come with large changes and even larger lessons. Luckily, I'm a girl who not only loves change but chases after it. In lieu of twelve separate posts for the year, I've decided to just share some of my favorite memories. It was fun browsing over a year's worth of photographs and reminiscing but these are the few I pulled. I tried to use unseen photographs as to not repeat on the blog but my apologies if you've seen a few of these before.

[Successfully transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a vegan diet for more than a year now; the creative storm that arrived with the infamous "Snowmaggedon" storm, painting a concrete bench in a northside Chicago neighborhood festival with a good friend]

[The opportunity I had to visit many places I had never been before such as Seattle, Austin, Minneapolis, and Detroit, among others; camping all over the country in a sleeping bag under the stars; and all of the time spent in that big white bus]

[Spending the Thanksgiving holiday with my pops out west; solo trip to Seattle]

[The gigantic learning experience that was shooting North Coast Music Festival; the most relaxing and enjoyable point of the summer--a few days at a lake house in Wisconsin]

What a year. I can only pray that the next is filled with half as much laughter and lessons. It's crazy to look back at the girl I was just three-hundred and sixty-five days ago. She seems a million miles away. I'm grateful for that and it makes me very optimistic for what another three-hundred and sixty-five days could bring.

Two-thousand twelve is shaping up to be a rather large year as well. Already I have big plans for the blog that will be coming together over the next few weeks. I also have a few trips scheduled, including at least one in the spring that requires a passport. With the addition of some shelving my darkroom/studio will be complete, which is crazy, given a year ago I was sitting on the floor of my closet beneath dresses and skirts changing film.

And I've made a goal list for the year. I've never been the type of person to make a goal list before. What's more--I've even been able to cross something off of it already!

Blessings to you all, hope that your new year is starting off tremendously. :)

[side note: I would have loved to add a Christmastime photograph to this collection but I ended up being too busy to take any! This Christmas was wonderful, one of the best in memory, but alas, no photographic evidence exists.]

Luca Brasi Sleeps With the Fishes

I apologize for falling off the face of the planet for a few weeks. The holidays + mass reorganization + a few projects I've got in the works were enough to push me into seclusion but then on top of all that, I became extremely ill the weekend of New Year's Eve. Unable to move-sleep for forty-eight hours straight-head pounding kind of ill. What a way to bring in the new year.
Because it is now mid-January (yikes!), I've decided to scrap the twelve photos series that I began in December. I hate to leave something unfinished, but not as much as I hate to be a blogger still posting about last year well into this one. My compromise--in the next day or two, I'll put together a little photographic summary of the last year and we'll call it a day.
In other news....
My first published photograph appears in this month's VegNews! It's just a small photo on the table of contents page but it's still kind of exciting to see a photo credit with my name, especially in a magazine that I pick up fairly regularly.
Short post, I know, but I've got somethings planned in the next week to make it up.