Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Articles | 2 Comments
rowing lobsterman, Rockport, ME

rowing lobsterman, Rockport, ME

Happiest of New Years to all both of you who read these musings! Wasn’t just 1990 something? When did we get into the 2000’s? I turned around and it’s January 2016…What happened?

I’m not much for resolutions, never have been. I don’t need to make public proclamations to help me not reach unattainable goals. I can do that quite quietly all by myself. I do think about photography/writing/teaching goals every year though, a annual bucket list of things I would like to do. Here is mine for 2016:

  1. I think I would like to take more pics of real people doing real things- environmental portraits. The Danby library has talked to me about making a collection of images of local people doing their thing, whatever that thing might be. I think that would be a fun project and it would force me out of my little hermit life. It would also give me some needed practice shooting portraits on the run without the aid of lights, etc.
  2. I’m going to revisit some of the places I used to photograph all the time- both nationally and locally. I haven’t photographed on the Bromley farm much of late yet I see images all the time when I am there. And there are some places across the country that I haven’t been to in 20 or even 30 years that I would like to go back and see again. I know some are gone (forests, meadows) but some are still there waiting for me to return.
  3. I am going to write more this year. There are stories all around, you just have to have an open heart and a curious mind to find them. This year I am going to linger when a story happens by and not be in such a rush to move on. Lingering is good.

Well, that’s about it, three modest creative goals for the next year. What are your creative goals for 2016?


  1. Walt Duvall
    January 8, 2016

    Good question, one that had not occurred to me since retiring Jan 2015. After giving some thought here are four goals I have put off over this past year:
    1) Try taking minimalist pictures of gauzy ocean waters
    2) Photographic and take time to appreciate our beautiful Northwest coast line from OR to WA
    3) Photograph inland along small seldom traveled roads.
    4) Daily wear my camera.

    That should keep me busy.

    • David
      January 27, 2016

      Hi Walt,
      Great list. On my recent trip to Africa there were a couple of days when I hardly photographed at all. I decided to just watch the animals – it was a wonderful way to marvel and not worry about the photography. There are lots of little traveled logging roads near you- some lead to hidden pockets of old-growth or beautiful streams and falls. I explored there in the 80’s but I’m sure it is the same now.