So here’s what you need to know about me. I’m 40 years old, 6 foot 2, about 200 pounds, and I live with my dog Mona in a funky house at the beach. I occasionally surf, often cycle (that’s the kind without a motor, thank you very much), and spend too much of my time scudding around in my car up and down the bypass going to Staples or the post office, or to the bagel place.
Spring and Fall, I photograph weddings. Most of them are here on the Outer Banks. We get the best wedding clients in the world because they all just want to have a good time and get married with their toes in the sand. And then they go home with photographs and beautiful memories, and we get to stay here.
Summer and Winter, now that I can afford it, I travel, or work on personal projects. Lately I’ve been going to Europe and working on my street photography, just trying to get a feel for the life of various cities. I’ve started to work on a few little books, on Dubrovnik, Venice, and Paris. Back home, I hang out in the “digital darkroom”, and if the sky outside starts to look interesting, or there’s a fun event happening, I grab a camera or two and venture out.
I play guitar, though not as much as I used to, and sing, much better now than I did when I wanted to be a rock star. Most parties around here end up in a jam session, and we’ve had some big nights of 8-part harmonies with djembes, guitars, mandolins, all ringing, beating, and shaking. We’ve also had some lame nights, where we play the same old crap we always play it sounds like crap too. For a while I made my living playing in bars, but it wasn’t much of a living. Fun, though. I recorded some songs up in New York City, but nothing much happened to them. They were pretty good songs, but I don’t have that songwriting jones anymore. One of these days I want to put together something really creative, do some more recording. One of these days.
I’ve lived in a lot of places in the past, now I’m trying to stay in one place and just travel a lot. Maybe as time goes on I’ll write down a few of the old stories, but mostly I’m going to focus on current travels and events on the homefront. My friends always complain that I take all these pictures of them and nobody ever gets to see them unless I throw a party and show them on my computer, so hopefully the Travelogue will ameliorate that situation.
I was one of those melancholic artist kids, and I still occasionally get lost in my little world and walk around with a cloud of funk encircling me. Don’t take it personal, I’m just like that sometimes.
I’ve got a lot of things I want to do with my life, still, and only so much time and energy available to do them. I require a lot of sleep and a lot of downtime, which makes it harder to get it all done. So I take it bit by bit. I guess I’ve got that same monkey on my back that most people have, telling me all the things that I need to be doing all the time. Sometimes I hate that monkey. Makes it so hard to relax, chit-chat, or be in the moment. Unless you’re doing something the monkey deems is worthwhile. But in all honesty I’m glad he’s there, otherwise I wouldn’t get anything done…