Like most people, I like to take a moment on New Year’s Eve to reflect back upon the year as it comes to an end. This has been a very rewarding year for me creatively, and it feels appropriate that I spend some time sharing my gratitude. Even though the world seems like it’s often teetering towards chaos and confusion, there is still hope for good things to happen, for real connections to be made with other people, for celebrating our commonalities, and for some brazen optimism in the face of doubt and uncertainty.
So, in no order of importance:
Gratitude towards my good friend, David Garcia. We spend an amazing weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, where we hatched the idea of collaborating on a music / photography project, released in the early months of 2018 as The Cabin Sessions.
Gratitude towards all the guys at the Tuesday Night Photo Book Geek Club, spearheaded by my photo compatriot Justin Thor Simenson, whose prolific self-publishing efforts remained a constant inspiration for me.
Grateful for the opportunity to spend time on an extended work assignment in New York City, even though they were dark days for me emotionally, they were productive and rewarding photographically.
Grateful for the Albuquerque chamber music organization Chatter, for allowing me to collaborate on a musical performance by Flutebot at the Albuquerque Museum in August. The resulting zine and projections were a challenging and satisfying experience for me.
Grateful for the three weeks traveling through Italy with my incredible wife, eating and photographing from Rome to Naples, from Puglia to Sicily.
Grateful for the following for sharing my photography with their audiences this year: Edge of Humanity, Click Magazine, Photo/Foto Magazine, Shifter Media, Funzilla Zine Fest, Lux the Zine, and the Photographic Mercadillo.
My deepest, heartfelt thanks to the wonderful ladies at the Magazzini Fotografici in Naples, Italy. They literally made a dream come true for me by presenting my work “Rodeo Nights” as a solo show. I was thrilled to be able to attend the opening, and spend week in their great city. It was an incredible way to finish off the year.