Wednesday. Today has been a good day. Had lunch in Oakland with an old friend from my grade school and high school years who is out here from his home in Maine visiting and staying with friends for a couple of weeks and we were able to go over the various art and lives of our last forty (ouch!) years. He felt a need to introduce me to Belgian beer, an excellent example of which is sitting in my refrigerator. Dangerous, these introductions, but I am still able to address new territory and Belgian alcohol is too obviously something I've managed to miss at my advanced age.
I did put some of the studio photographs I took last year up on artandlife last night, my first attempts at shooting in a studio setting. When it comes to street photography I have a fairly clear idea of what I'm after, but studio photography is a different beast. What am I looking for in these images? How do I as an individual photographer shoot a series of nudes that means something to me? You may think this would be a no brainer (woman, no clothes, hand me my Brownie please), but it's not. Technically many of the photographs are not very good - lighting, backgrounds and the rest - but that's all technical stuff that can be corrected, but what is it that I'm looking to create in a studio setting? It's been interesting and I've begun to understand what directions I might like to take if and when my head ever comes back together again.