Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and that’s just one of the many things I’d like to briefly address in this post. The main purpose of this post will be to recant the year of 2010, as well as discuss some of my goals/plans for 2011.
2010 was a good year. There were a lot of negative things that happened this year, and a lot of difficult times. However, many of the negative aspects of 2010 provided me with a lot of insight and knowledge that will undoubtedly benefit me a great deal in 2011. Typically, I struggle to see the positive side of things, but I learned a lot from the negative aspects of 2010. So essentially, since I gained knowledge, the negatives are now positives.
However, I did do a lot in 2010 that will help me move toward my ultimate goal for 2011. For starters, I met so many amazing people in 2010. Between photography, Twitter, networking, and just the fact that “it’s a small world,” I had the privilege of expanding my social circle a great deal. Additionally, while it may seem that moving from California back to Detroit was a step backward, moving back home has been very beneficial for me as well. I also feel that a large number of people who live here are sleeping on what’s going on in Detroit. I truly believe we’re back on the rise, and I’m appreciative of everyone who is helping contribute to that cause.
As you can see in the image at the top of this post, NYE was a ball. I went to my friend Darrell’s house for NYE. He has developed something of a reputation for throwing great parties. His Halloween party, as well as his NYE party, have achieved legendary status already. I took about 150 pictures that night, and recorded about 7 videos. Of that total, only half of those images were appropriate for public viewing. None of the videos are safe. 🙂
I love the picture up top for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s a well-composed image. All the ladies look nice in the picture, and they’re all positioned perfectly. Secondly, it’s well-lit (very important). Finally, I think it accurately tells the story of the night: Classy, but raunchy. lol Overall, it was a great time, and I’m going to cherish all the images I have from the night (especially the ones that I could submit to Hustler).
(My son eating some NYE crackers. lol)
Now I’d like to talk a bit about 2011. I know a lot of people think it’s cute to spout off a cleverly-worded phrase that degrades the idea of a New Year’s resolution, but if done right, a resolution can be quite useful. People are suckers for things that are cleverly-worded, no matter how stupid the actual idea may be. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Reverend Run’s Twitter feed. It’s full of fancy-worded bullshit … but I digress.
I’ve never been one to actually make a resolution. I’ve never been a fan of making one for the sake of making one. You should make it because it’s meaningful to you. With that said, I have one resolution. You can’t even really call it a New Year’s resolution, because I started on it in December. I didn’t see a point in waiting until January. My goal in 2011 is to be successful enough in photography that I can quit corporate America and the 9-5 grind. I abhor this shit, and I’ve reached a point where I feel as if I’m above it.
I want to live. I want to do what I love. I want to meet people. I want to travel. I no longer want to complain about having to get up in the morning (or in my case, at night) to go to work. I want to ENJOY getting up and going out to do my job. My entire life, I’ve hated my job(s), and I realize now that it has less to do with the job itself, and more to do with how I’m wired. It’s not for me. I’m not built for getting up at the same time every day, to go do the same shit, and make money for some rich person I don’t even know so that I can get his leftovers trickled down into my wallet. I want control over my life.
In 2011, I plan to blog more, and dramatically increase my “picture taking.” I want to meet more people, and expand my social circle. I want to be a better father, a better man, a better photographer, and a better person. While I feel as if I have a lot “figured out,” I have so much to learn. I feel as if I’ve reached something of an epiphany while still in my 20’s (barely, lol), and I’m grateful for that. I hope to impart this knowledge on my son as he grows up. I truly wish all of you a happy and successful 2011, and I hope that all of you make great strides toward achieving whatever goal(s) you may have. Expect to hear and see a lot of me in 2011.