Ah, red…how I missed thee.
I don’t hang my camera around my shoulder everywhere I go anymore. It’s not the fact that I don’t enjoy shooting, because I love it more than anything other vice I have, but I just don’t feel like everything needs to be photographed at every moment. There’s too much of that going on right now. I have an iPhone like everyone else just in case a Pulitzer happens to fall in my lap. I want the times I do break out a 5D and a 50mm to be unique and random as my life is right now. I’ve been rockin’ a 50mm almost exclusively now – I’ve fallen back in love with it.
I found myself in Washington D.C. a couple weeks ago to teach a couple break-out sessions at the National Press Photographers Association Business Blitz workshop, which has several stops in the next six months. I highly recommend going if not just to throw things at the speakers, but there was really a wealth of information on our business available on the cheap. I found myself sitting in the audience of John Harrington and Allen Murabayashi when I wasn’t waxing about the business and learning a lot myself about everything from SEO and marketing to invoicing and contracts. Do yourself a favor and go if you can…well worth it and they are rotating speakers out at every stop so you don’t have to listen to me go on and on about red.
Alas, I didn’t take any time see the sites, because I want to bring my girls up and have that be our time to experience it. What I did do is a lot of eating and drinking. So, the one time I decided to actually bring a camera with me was on a little trip to Chinatown, only because, well I figured there might be some red. These were literally shot on a stroll up and stroll down on one block in about 10 minutes. That’s it. I think I shot 12 frames the whole time I was there, and these are a quarter of them.
I don’t know why I even share them, but for me the search for red is more a personal endeavor…athletes will toss a ball around, firefighters wash their trucks, etc. Me? I make rectangles and play with primary colors.
I’ll throw one of the only frames I made in South Beach during an unrelated shoot a couple weeks ago, only because there isn’t really other place for it than right here in the most random of blog posts ever.