On Blogging

I have been thinking about my blog as of late, and have decided to post only "when the spirit moves me". I am thus abandoning my photo of the day project which I enjoyed for the first several months but has recently felt more burdensome. I continue to think of this blog as a place where I can share information that will inspire and support the creative life (with some self promotion on the side).

I have been reflecting on the state of photography in relationship to the internet and to my life. It has been amazing to me how much networking is done thru the internet and how much time we all spend trying to "connect" and be seen. Having been away from it for several weeks was truly refreshing. I wish I could say I have a definite answer for how to navigate all the social networking and informational sites but I don't and am stuggling to find the fine balance myself.

What I do know is that being in the state of creating is where it is at. The is what I value most.

On another note, there are several things happening in the Chicago area you should know about. The first is that this weekend is the fall opening of many exhibitions. It is a great time to see art and be inspired. There will be free trolleys running tonight in Chicago to get people to the various gallery districts. Should be a fun time. For more information, click HERE.

Tomorrow night is the opening for Christopher Schneberger and Anthony Iacussi at the Perspective Gallery in Evanston. Another great venue of a cooperative artist run gallery. Click HERE for more information.

The Filter Photo Festival is fast approaching and is offering a wealth of information and networking opportunities for photographers. Again, I will be teaching a workshop on Developing your Personal Vision on Wednesday, October 12th. Be sure to check out the wonderful lectures portfolio reviewers who are coming into our windy city.

And finally, if you love to read and have some extra cash and would like to support the place where so many wonderful books are written, the Ragdale Foundation is having their annual Novel Affair fundraiser at the end of the month. You can read more about it HERE. The 2 night affair includes having a dinner with a best-selling and award-winning authors including Lisa Genova (Still Alice), Ron Hansen (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Helen Simonson (Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand), Meg Wolitzer (The Position), Suzzy Roche (singer and new author), Heidi Durrow (The Girl Who Fell from the Sky), Sue Miller (The Good Mother), and Malachy McCourt (author and actor).