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The Cats Like Scotch blog will be quiet for the rest of the week as we prepare for the redesigned website to be launched. At that point in time, the entire blog will be moved over to CatsLikeScotch.com.
In the meantime, please feel free to peruse my Flickr stream. It's also in the process of updating and reorganizing, so it might be a bit of a mess, but there is a lot to browse through in anycase.
Thank you for baring with me through all of this construction!
To a mother who, by example, always taught me to be self-reliant and strong, to have courage but be aware, and to help those less fortunate. And that in most cases, at a concert, it is totally appropriate to use the men's room when the women's line wraps around the building, so long as you move quickly, keep your head down, and never touch anything. Happy birthday, Mom!
To a father who instilled a strong sense of independence, consistently encourages any dream I've ever had, and has always been honest with me. And who gave me my first (and second and third and fourth...) camera and would always get me to a one hour photo store as soon as I finished a roll of film when I was a kid. Happy birthday, Dad!
My wonderful and wonderfully strange parents.
Thank you both for being exactly who you are and only ever expecting the same from me.
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...
So that's that...
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...