I've been writing this blog for a little over seven years. For the most part it has been an extremely rewarding experience. To be able to have a place to share your work and your thoughts about your discipline is a privilege and one I do not take lightly.
As the years have progressed, photography has changed in powerful ways, becoming larger, ubiquitous and far more diverse. You, the group that are subscribers, have grown steadily. In fact, even though we are just a few days into 2020, there are several newcomers to the blog. Welcome.
I have found you, as subscribers, to be a fairly passive group. You prefer, it seems, to read the blog but not be participants in its content or players in what I choose to write about. That's fine.
But I would like here to ask you to plug in a little, to write your ideas, your thoughts about photography early in this new decade. What questions do you have that remain unanswered as you read my posts? Are there topics or suggestions that someone like me might address? If you are younger and newer to a creative life, how can my years of experience be beneficial? Or, as you look over a career's worth of bodies of work on the gallery page of the site, what questions form in you? Why did I make those pictures that way? What went into my process? Or perhaps you are not a practitioner yourself but follow along in the blog: all good. But what can I write about that will answer your questions or clear up things for you? Are there topics or concerns of yours that you wish I'd addressed? Ask me. Finally, I have, over a 50 year career, met a wonderful and diverse group of people in all parts of my process: professors, curators, gallery directors, critics, reviewers, fellow artists, students, colleagues, friends and on and on. We could play the "Do you know?" game or the "Have you met?" game.
Easy: email me.
Neal's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to remain anonymous I will honor that in the blog, of course.
I look forward to hearing from you.