For Today

Stormy skies.

Yes. Just for today.

Because I make pictures every day without even thinking about doing it, I have a large backlog of images that I wouldn’t even consider to be in my archives. They haven’t made it that far. Yet.

I also do believe in the notion of marinating the work. Just because I made the picture today doesn’t mean I need Β to post it today. Tomorrow is fine. Next week is fine. A month is fine. I like to get away from the emotions I felt when I actually pushed the button. Sometimes, they over ride the actual image. Because of that, I see something that you can never see.

To be sure, assignments and commissioned work have deadlines. But, I try to build a little time between the shoot date and the delivery date.

This picture was made the last time I actually set foot in my little swamp. It lived on a hard drive until it called out to me. I did some of my usual post production. This time to bring out the details that make this picture interesting to me. And, left it alone after that.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the layered series. Everybody needs a break. Even me. especially me. I just go about it a little differently than most.

One more thing.

Creativity. Make no mistake. I think everybody should try. At the same time, they should understand the reality. Timing being everything, a buddy of mine went to a thing called The Classics Festival. In Los Angeles. It really wasn’t a festival. It was a package concert featuring the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Eagles. If you were around in the 1970s, you understand how powerful the music was. My friend was talking about the quality of the playing. The bands were well rehearsed. They played flawlessly and they wove the music into the night. One of the Eagles commented, on stage, “well this is what you get when you play for 40 or 50 years.”

Ya dig?



  1. I dig. Kind of like making a cake. Stir it up, bake it, frost it later, enjoy. A different flavor on every level, but no fullness until the final product. Yep, my mind works in analogies

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    1. I finally went back to your work. I see a lot and sometimes work sort of runs together. There is some very cool work there. πŸ™‚

      My clients are different than yours, I think. I work on longer projects and not so many of them per year.

      I learned the word marinate from a Magnum-NGS photographer, who mostly works on his version of fine art projects which can last for years in the making.

      BTW, where are you in CA? Even though I was born in Brooklyn and mostly stay in NOLA, I was raised in Silver Lake and then Long Beach.

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      1. Thank you Ray for surfing through my posts and I appreciate your comment. Indeed our clients are different, as I do portraits and weddings as well. I live in Orange County in San Clemente, 5 minutes walking from the beach. I’ve been in Silver Lake for business and know Long Beach pretty well.


      2. Once upon a time, my ex-wife and I worked for the OC Register when it mattered. We wanted to be away from paper so we lived in San Clemente. We lived slightly up in the hills.


  2. AHahahah this is so true. I too have a backlog of pictures and blogposts. But for me it is really all about procrastination in the name of finding the right timing. But is there ever a right time? I never know. But i can feel that it is true that timing is crucial for alot of things.

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