It’s been so hectic lately since we moved back to the city (no pun intended) that the crickets on my blog are getting louder. Between adjusting to being back and taking care of my boys the days just blend into one another. Hopefully by summer there will be a semblance of routine and normalcy. In the meantime I’m excited because I just signed up for an alternative photography class at the Center for Alternative Photography here in the city. I’ll be learning how to create Wet Plate negatives. It’s a throwback to doing photography the old-fashioned way. I’ve always loved working in the darkroom and admire photographers such as Mathew Brady, Julia Margaret Cameron and Sally Mann. The class will be in March but thankfully February is a short month. Perhaps I’ll have some body of work to show by the end of summer, but for now it will be nice to put on the brakes and slow down.
Last night we rang in the New Year with a baby that didn’t fall asleep until a little after midnight (I think he was waiting for the ball to drop) and a 4-year-old with a bad cold calling out from bed, “can someone clean my nose?!” Thus, this is how we ushered in 2014 and that’s perfectly fine by me. The year 2013 was a total whirlwind for us. We welcomed another son, we moved, we said goodbyes and looked forward to new experiences. I didn’t and haven’t blogged as much as I would have liked. I haven’t been able to visit a lot of people’s blog and comment or have had a chance to thank new followers (thank you!) but one thing I learned in 2013 is to truly enjoy the moment and know that where we are at in our lives is only a moment in time. This stage of parenting is very intense but I know that in a couple of years Oliver will be walking, running and playing with his brother and we will have a bit more of a routine and hopefully get some more sleep, lol. Hopefully, I will start blogging more steadily in 2014, reconnect with people and work on my photography. In the meantime I’m going to savor this time, these moments because they are oh so fleeting. These moments, they settle into the crevices of our memory banks and when we find ourselves in a quiet space these memories hopefully bring a smile to our lips and fill us with a sense of having been fully present in our lives.
Wishing you all a present filled 2014!
I jokingly asked Henry to find us a Charlie Brown Christmas tree since we’ve moved into an apt. A wee bit on the small side. He took my request literally and came home with his dad with the littlest Christmas tree he could find, lol. He’s very proud of his find and I think he got the message about the spirit of Christmas : )
Happy holidays everyone and Merry Christmas!
This is a great magazine that I believe is predominantly known for its large format photography.
Originally posted on Arizona Highways:
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