I'm a 60 year old photographer, photo historian, voracious reader of anything photographic and a full-time sales associate at a big box retail store and enjoying it. Very much into the "new landscape," "new topographic" and "minimalistic" genres of photography.
Once upon a time I was a commercial photographer, a burnt out commercial photographer. Everything had become a formula, my creativity was getting harder and harder to find. Everything had become mundane, I wasted my time in front of this laptop doing nothing. I was becoming angry. I put down my cameras, sold some of them and stopped photographing. Today I happily admit I am a full-time “big box” sales associate, and have been for over five and a half years. For the most part I enjoy it liking my bosses, my workmates, but most importantly I enjoy customer service and helping people.
It took a few years, but I eventually did pickup a camera and restore my passion/love of all things photography. But it is different now; as weird as it may sound I get my photographic energy/creativity from my big box job and I get my energy for the full time job from my photography. My postings on this blog, my finished images, photo trips and completion of self imposed projects may be slowed down or delayed because of my time constraints but that is okay
When I walk into the “Big Box Store” a switch is turned on and I loose my introverted nature to become a extroverted sales associate. This is not a fake facade, I actually enjoy being around customers. Being a introvert I just expend more energy to accomplish this. I usually leave my shift tired, bruised and battered. At the end of a series of shifts spanning various hours I am truly exhausted. Being a introvert I need to recharge my batteries alone, or with my wife and the dogs. My walks with my camera, for the most part without people, are peaceful, relaxing and even therapeutic. My work editing those images and this blog even more so and my batteries slowly recharge. I’m not sure whats more important; “my sales associate job for my photography” or my “photography for my sale associate job,” but it really doesn’t matter I’m enjoying the relationship of both
I am an artist and admittedly I see the world through different eyes then most people; I see the beauty in things that may be considered boring, decrepit, overlooked, rusting, deteriorating, or mundane. I enjoy photographing this subject matter which could be described as banal, boring and everyday. What seems at first to be a simplistic image is in fact quite complex and nothing in the frame can be taken for granted. These images are meant to be hung on a wall, to be viewed, to be studied and to be questioned to reveal their inner beauty. These images are just not "pretty pictures" from a far off, exotic, expensive to get to location, these images are of something most of us pass daily and choose to ignore.
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