I try to do this whole blog thing. I really do. I really love to write, but it does take some time to do it the way that I feel I must. Writing is like a muscle that if you don't exercise often enough it atrophies and gets weaker and weaker. The more you write, the better you become at it. I've always been a good writer. And I'd like to become a much better one. Even though I have actually written articles that have been published before, I've just never considered it as part of what I wanted to do every day. I'm not sure why. And I'm pretty sure it might make getting a full-time job in the newspaper biz a bit easier.
Actually, maybe I do have an idea of why I don't. You see, it's a bit discouraging that I don't seem to attract many people to read these posts. I'm not sure why. I guess writing to me is a bit more personal than most things I do. That could be part of why I don't do more of it.
I was having lunch with Jim Alabiso the other day, a Jacksonville icon and someone I totally admire, and I told him that I would like to write more. I just don't. He encouraged me to tell some of these stories behind what I do....and what I don't do. We had been talking about the different stories behind my photos and why I love doing what I do. He saw the way I feel about it. How important it is to me. How important these stories and connections are. And how others would love to share in this journey if they only knew.
Jim used one totally over-used buzzword in describing me; he said that I have a "passion" for what I do and for Jacksonville. I'm not sure why, but I cringe at that word. As much as I hate that term and what it conveys, I think he is right. I really do have a passion for all of this. It's all I think about. It's all I want to do. So many stories; so little time.
And I do love this place.
Rod Stewart sang "every picture tells a story, don't it...." but it's also true that every picture has a story. At least for me. Each time I get to go out and make images, I come back with a story. That's what makes this so incredible to me. I get to talk to people that most people don't. To be places that others can't be. To do things that some folks would never consider. That's what makes photojournalism the best job in the world. It's not just a job. It's an adventure.
I've also got to mention that Cindy is always encouraging me to write more. She's listened to all these stories more than anyone else. If she thinks I should, then maybe it's about time.
So, I've decided that I am going to take one week and write about some of the stories behind what I do and how I do it. Every day. One story a day. If for no other reason than to do it for myself. To see if I can.
Then after a week, we'll see what happens......