Lists. I may just be more aware of it this year. It seems that just about everybody is publishing a “Best of 2014” list. It could be anything. In fact, it is anything. Music. Movies. Books. Travel destinations. Bucket lists. Restaurants. Recipes. You name it and somebody has a best of list.
That’s cool. For them.
All art is autobiographical and the viewer, reader, listener, eater… whatever makes meaning of it. Meaning based on his or her’s life experience. That said, all of these lists are personal. I don’t care if you write for The New Yorker Magazine, Rolling Stone or “Fred’s Blog.” Best of lists are personal unless they are data-driven. You know. Something like, “Top ten selling books of 2014.” There is something you can measure. Sales. The rest? Opinions.
So, I thought to myself — that’s really a dangerous thing to do — what can I do differently? I thought of musician Joni Mitchell. In 1996 she released a two album set. “Hits” and “Misses.” You could buy one, or both. Not like the never-ending collection of boxed sets released today. I like the misses concept. Something that didn’t quite work. A failed experiment. Or, a non-seller. Then I saw that my blogging colleague over at “Cooking with a Wallflower” decided to publish “2014 Recipe Disasters” on her blog. Normally, her recipes are right on. They are fun and easy to make. But, we all experiment and with that we sometimes fail. She is on the right track. Ah ha. That moment. Ah ha.
So I decided to work back through my 2014 leftovers. Out takes.
That’s what these pictures are. Leftovers. You may have seen something similar. Or, you may have seen a picture that was taken in the same place. Or a nearly the same time. But, for some reason I decided not to publish these particular ten pictures on Storyteller. To me, they represent the breadth of my work over 2014. I photographed a lot of stuff. And, that doesn’t even to begin to account for the commercial, corporate and editorial work I did to pay the bills and buy kibbles for the dogs. More importantly, I experimented a lot. And… failed a lot. That’s good. Can’t grown without failure.
As far as turning the page with the change of the year goes… well, a lot of people seem excited about that. Not me. Not so much. Once, when musician Neil Young was playing a concert, a fan yelled out “the songs sound the same.” Neil Young replied, “It’s all one song.”
If you think that you need to make changes with the coming of the new year, make them. Keep in mind, it’s just a continuum.
Happy New Year.
Oh yeah. Enjoy the misses.