today i break my own rules
after six and half years of daily STILL, today i am breaking my own rules. i am repeating an image from two years ago. when i woke up this morning, i fully intended to make at STILL photo today. i had a busy day, but there was an open window of time between 5-7 pm. while my son was at soccer practice and with the sun setting at 8 pm right now, i thought that would work just fine. what i didn’t account for was the weather. at 5 pm sharp, a thunder storm rolled in and turned day into night almost instantaneously. and my opportunity to make a STILL photo vanished in a matter of minutes. the storm was a surprise. but the most surprising thing to me was that this had never happened to me before. 6 1/2 years, and never have i been caught short by disappearing light. i had a moment of panic. and then i realized i would have to break my rules, and repeat an old image. my mind went immediately to this portrait of my son joseph that i made two years ago. it was effortful to make, and i loved how it turned out. so i was pleased i would have a second chance to show it off again and give it a little more visibility. besides, for a rebel, breaking the rules once in a while, even if they are your own, is intrinsically satisfying.
silhouette of my son joseph filled with found nature