Guess this a threefer friday before changing my mind after writing the below:
There was a time in my life maybe not unlike others when I had a certain wanderlust.
I was always confident in my willingness and ability to work that I’d get by, and pretty much did in being able to meet essential needs and send a few bucks home at times.
I can’t say I was specifically looking for anything or to “find myself”, I just wanted to see, and I did.
An education in itself from brawling in Boston when others thought to take my backpack to being welcomed in the most humble of homes among the nations.
Kind of my black and white era photography wise once I had gotten into it – I’ve got folders upon folders dating back several years, some from film converted to digital and on through the present.
A great many depicting life on the rez across the nation and Canada to just those of things that caught my attention for one reason or another.
I’ve never been keen on the idea of uploading photos to the net, and there may be a bit of animism in not doing so as I consider them to be a personal, a representation of a point in time where I and others may have been, and even in today’s world personal means private to me.
I get nudged about that at times and incrementally moving in the desired direction, but it’s a process, and to that end I’ve mentioned a possible book in the past focused on the people of the nations, the circumstances and lives we lead.
Well, the photos for that book have been collated and I left the selection to others trusting their judgement, footnotes and comments added.
Now it’s become about publishing – self publishing which I favor, or an established publisher.
A book I admit that was never a personal consideration, and in a way you might not readily understand seemed a little presumptuous of me on my part as the story cannot be adequately told in photos or books.
If you haven’t lived the life then it may be a story that can never really be told.
To that end a couple of photos from the b/w era of subjects people can readily identify with, none of which will be in the “book”, and none of which I consider to be of a keeper quality – but part of the “nudging”.
During this journey I’d like to think my photographic abilities have improved, and in fact believe they have, but that remains for the viewer to decide.
I feel compelled in a way to say I don’t want so much as a dime from the book, nor any sort of notoriety – I’m not looking to cash in, and in fact any revenue from sales will be devoted to indigenous causes and needs, of which there are many.
So take a look at the photos and if you care to critique feel free to do so, as the very act of living is about learning and striving to be better in our relationships and endeavors, or at least it should be.