Saturday, March 28, 2009

A new blog for a new path in life

Well, folks, I can only assume that if you're reading this first entry in Ambient Focus you know me personally and you've come here only after my pointing it out to you. I'll tell you right now this is no Intrepid Soul. I don't surf, climb rocks, photograph myself on snowmobiles, and I certainly don't balance hot dogs on the noses of small animals. My antics are far less exciting. Quite frankly, you're more likely to see photos of action figures here because that's what I do in my spare time. But hopefully this blog will help broaden my horizons.

In the early days of my photographic journey I fell in love with the faces of people across the world through the portraits of Steve McCurry. I saw the suffering of thousands in the photos of James Nachtwey. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to be a war and poverty photographer.

Until now I never tried to walk down that path though.

Recently I went out to Tent City in Sacramento and spent several hours talking to and photographing it's citizens. After editing the photos and seeing what I had, I decided it was time to take the path I've longed to walk.

And that brings us back to the reason for this blog. I hope to begin covering events outside of what I'm required to shoot for work. From the constant rallies and protests found in the Bay Area to simple street photographing showing the wanderings of everyday people. If things go well I can keep this blog updated with quality journalistic photos...and a steady flow of action figure shots(I love doing it. I won't deny it). And if fate smiles down on me this will lead to a bigger world.

So thank you for coming here and reading my ramblings. I'm not a blogger and I'm not much of a writer, but I'll do my best to make this worth reading.


P.S. Sorry for the popshots, Brian.