The 2017 edition of the 24 Hour Project was the first time I have participated so I was a bit unsure what to expect. I took the afternoon off from work on Friday with hopes of getting a few hours of sleep. I did lay down for a bit and got some rest but sleep was elusive as the excitement of the pending 24 hours was too much to overcome. What this meant was that I was about to be up for 42 hours before falling asleep early Sunday.
I met up with my friend Jake at 11:30 Friday night and we drove into Milwaukee. Our planned first stop was the area around Oakland and North. I posted my first photo of the night in Von Trier at 12:13am and enjoyed a tasty Founders Breakfast Stout. Second shot of the night happened just outside Von Trier as we left at 1:03am. From there we took some photos around the donut shop on the corner of North and Oakland and then had a drink at the Eastsider.
Bars in Wisconsin close at 2am so we wandered the area a bit but quickly decided to find people at Ma Fischer’s Diner. This was my third photo, outside the restaurant at 2:31am, and my fourth inside at 3:29am.
I subscribe to more podcasts than I can keep up with. This past week I’ve been working on catching up on some from B&H Photography. One episode that I thoroughly enjoyed is this conversation with Amy Touchette and Gus Powell.
“I’m trying to say yes to something” is how Gus described each press of the shutter when shooting on the street. This is such a wonderful way to explain my favorite part of the process. Amy shared a great statement from Diane Arbus who talks about photography as”being a condition of being on the brink of conversion to anything.”The combination of both, trying to say yes while being open to whatever you may encounter is so crucial to success as a street photographer. We do not and cannot know what is going to happen but we have to be open and willing to see, engage, and embrace what we are given.
These ideas combined with the patience to let things come to you are so important to finding success on the street. Whenever I have gone out looking for a particular photograph I am nearly always frustrated and disappointed. Choosing to enjoy the experience and knowing that getting is all about giving has helped me see and accept what happens. I can’t make things happen. It is my job to release enough to be able to see and then I can make my photos.
The opening reception for my Familiar Strangers show at Studio 224 was last Friday. There was an excellent turnout and it was a great night. The Shepherd Express in Milwaukee also had a nice preview of the show in their issue last week (below). A big thank you to Jane Suddendorf, Director of Gallery 224 and Studio 224, for her efforts to help artists and their work to flourish in Port Washington. Thank you as well to Martin Morante, Studio Director, for his interest in showing my work, his feedback and guidance through the editing process, and his hard working getting the prints on the walls. I appreciate all the friends and family that made it out and the new faces too. If you couldn’t make it, the show will be up until early January and Studio 224 is open every Saturday, 9am-1pm. Let me know if you’re stopping in and I’ll make sure I’m there. Directions here.
I’m thrilled to soon have a selection my street photography displayed at Studio 224. The exhibition Familiar Strangers will be up from October 28, 2016 to January 7, 2017 with an opening reception from 5-7pm on October 28th.
The studios are typically open every Saturday, 9am-1pm. Beyond that, if the sign is out, stop in for a visit.
211 N. Franklin Street (north alley entrance, below Daily Baking Company)
Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074