The last time I wrote something for this blog was in 2013 and I remember prior to that planning and strategizing on how best to utilize various forms of social media while flying to Salt Lake City, UT for an assignment. And when it came time to put what I had planned into motion I found I no longer had the motivation to do as such. Somehow, somewhere, something was missing and I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
I stopped posting. I stopped sharing. The cycle of creating photographs just to edit to put onto Facebook, tumblr, this blog, Instagram, and elsewhere felt shallow just so I could drive page views, so I could get people to potentially like my work, so I could fill my wallet with the virtual currency of Facebook likes and fans. So I became a hermit and began to hoard my work away.
And I'm happy for the time I've spent away from the limelight, it's allowed me to reconnect with my work in a way that has forced me to really figure out what is valuable and what was chaff. I've been able to watch some really awesome photographers and artists influence me and my work and the way I approach it. Most of all, I've been able to step away from my work, see how it's changed, and see how it's changed me as a result.
So here I am, back with a new website ready to start sharing again. Which, of course, begs the question... "what have you been doing, Chris?" A lot of things. I decided during this sabaticcal of sorts that pursuing photography full-time would turn my work into a chore. I studied web development and am currently engaged at Nike working as an application engineer where I've been for the last year plus. I've contributed to work on the storefront as well as our new SNKRS web application and platform. Northwest Dance Project has been a constant source of work for myself as I designed and deployed their new website from top to bottom, server to user experience. The current experience showcases a lot of work I've been doing Northwest Dance Project behind the camera as well.
I've also been shooting a lot more experimentally and sharing my results via my private Instagram account, things that generally don't win popularity contest that is public social media. I like my small group of friends and liken them to my private groupies. And of course I've been shooting dance. I've been creating it too. I'm just a little out of practice in sharing all the work that's been piling up.
So come and hang out and see what I've been up to. Drop me an email, say hello. The goal now is to talk about the act of doing work and its process. It's what's kept me in the game and drives me and my fellow artists forward.