I love this image and what it represents to me! When I look at it I see my photography journey. I have such a problem of over thinking everything I want to do. Whenever I get to that place in my life I have to just stop and tell myself to just get going and get things done. A lot of times I find clarity in the process.
In the back of my mind I do have goals and dreams about where I want to take my photography. Those are great, and thats where a lot of the motivation comes from. But it’s the little things on a daily basis that make the dreams come to fruition.
I’ve listened to a few podcasts lately that have talked about the way to sustainability in any long term creative endeavor is figuring out your values and who you really are as a person. For me the values are easy, I know who I am and values that are important to me. The hard part for me is honing in on one aspect, or subject that I want to focus on. I love wild horses, and photographing them. I also love landscapes from the American West. I love good cowboy horses, and I love the cowboy way of life! Bringing them all together to create a cohesive story is my struggle. Where do I focus my attention the most?? I have a feeling I will never completely figure that part out. But as long as I have a camera in my hand heading in any of those directions, I’ll feel like I’m on the journey I was meant to follow.
Another thing I would like to do with this newsletter is give some behind the seen’s images to newsletter subscribers. After going through my camera roll on my phone I can see I have a lot of work to do in this area. Haha! I very rarely take photographs to document my life. Whenever I create an image It’s with the intent to create something visually to stir the soul. I get so caught up in the moments I’m living, it never crosses my mind to stop and document it. Nevertheless I want the newsletter to be as personal as I can let myself get.
But I always take images of the other lady in my life, my mare T.H. She is getting pretty good at being a horse model. I think she wonders what the hell I’m doing most of the time, but I think she likes me enough to put up with my crazy ideas.
This set of images is from the first of January when me and a friend of mine, Chris Dickenson, and a friend he introduced me too, Matt Ballard. We were out in Utah’s west desert photographing the Onaqui wild horse herd. One of my favorite places on earth!