Looking back at the lost decade these days… It was after the 08 crash, the wife had been diagnosed with cancer, computer career swept away in the financial chaos, no money coming in and no hope of any money coming in. There was a job posting at the school that everyone had heard about, for a janitor. Word was that the line of applicants was three blocks long, for one lousy minimum wage job.
Everything stopped, the shopping, the coffee shops, restaurants, browsing for books at the book store… heck, the restaurants I loved and the book stores I frequented didn’t even survive. Constant trips to the hospital took over my Photoshop time, internet was too expensive and the uploads to my stock photo sites fell by the wayside.
It took ten years but now I am climbing out of that deep valley of despair and this one thing is becoming apparent. Through it all I never stopped shooting. Somehow I managed to have a camera and a lens, it never left my side. I held onto it like it was a life preserver. And somehow I kept going out everyday to look for my beloved deer herd. Somehow I continued to take my camera everywhere and shoot whenever the opportunity presented itself.
I still remember the day I photographed this buck in a snowstorm. I had to wear snowshoes in order to get into the woods, but somehow despite all that was crumbling around me I found the strength and the desire to go out in the storm. This buck was sheltering himself under the dense pine above and for a bit he posed for me, long enough for me to focus and capture a few memories. Now, a decade later I am finally getting to my Photoshop work, finally getting these images up for sale. I guess the lesson of this post is this, never stop shooting. You can always go back and Photoshop, but you can never go back and shoot a scene you missed.
There are hundreds more to come, so please watch my website for new prints becoming available!