For the first time in many, many years I've taken a small chunk of time off of "work" in order to concentrate on my photography. In addition to getting a real online portfolio together and making it possible to order prints of my work, I'm also shooting some new work, and embarking on a couple of multi-quarter projects.
On the print front, I'm incredibly excited to be working with Hidden Light LLC in Flagstaff, Arizona to produce extremely high quality prints of my monochrome work (which is the vast majority of what I do) using their Silver Gelatin process. The process is neither cheap, nor quick, but, the quality of these prints are phenomenal, particularly when the source image is a high resolution medium format file. I'm also getting incredible results, better than anything that I've seen from a commercial lab, from the new Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 printer in conjunction with both Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta rag and Canon Pro Premium Matte paper. With the Canon, I can fairly quickly turn around prints, up to 24" wide, in just a few minutes.
I'm also using time in July to shoot a bunch of new portrait work which I'll be adding to my portfolio over the course of the next few weeks, and to bring over old work that I want on permanent display. I'm also planning two new projects, both fairly similar, that I suspect are going to linger well into next year. The first is to undertake a series of portraits of the engineers working at the startups and large technology companies which build the products and services that a good chunk of the world's population now depends upon in their daily lives. I've always found it fascinating, and a bit disappointing, that the folks most responsible for building the amazing technology that permeates our lives, are among the least recognizable amongst all of the folks involved in the high tech industry.
I'd like for this portrait series to do two things. First is showing the world the faces of the folks who build the things that we love and/or need. And second is humanizing tech a little bit by showing that it's built by folks who look like everyone else.
Very closely related to this work, I'm starting a series of portraits of women in tech. It is very well known now that we have a serious gender diversity issue in tech due to a very wide range of factors in education, the industry, and the perception of the role of an engineer in the modern workplace. I'm lucky to work with some extraordinary women (and men) who are trying to solve this problem at all levels, while also pulling off some amazing and inspirational feats of engineering. I hope to help better tell the story of these women and the amazing things that they do through this photo series.