This might be a useful time to talk briefly about my process for this project, or more appropriately, my search for one. I was aware in advance how challenging it would be to find time to shoot and write every single day, not to mention sitting down to edit, upload and post. For that reason, my intention was to try and place the project in the way of my daily life, if possible, by incorporating people and places I might encounter on a regular basis. Places like the nursery where I shop for plants or the brunch place I go to eat on a weekend afternoon. I also keep a running calendar and notepad about ideas I may have for interviews, or different formats I’d like to shoot in, or topics I’d like to cover, or little adventures I plan to make. Some days have a specific mission—I knew I was going to the WWII museum on Pearl Harbor Day, though unsure what I was going to discover there—and then other days it’s a matter of fumbling around with concepts and poking a stick at inspiration to see what arises.
That’s kind of happening right now, in fact. Today was to have been another one of those interviews I scheduled in advance, but again, as with Will the cabinet maker last Friday, plans changed at the last minute. My friend Derek was supposed to come by and we were going to scan and print one of his amazing drawings from a recent exhibition. I was going to chat with Derek about what he does and why he does it, and that would be that. But things came up and we rescheduled for next week, so at around 6pm in the evening, I was headed back to the proverbial drawing board. I had no photos, no words, and no clear idea what to give you.
So it’s this. In a way, kind of a perfect example to illustrate how this whole process is stretching out in front of me. And really, I prefer it this way. Nothing like a little improvisation to get the blood flowing….