Signature New Orleans.
I dream of owning a farm..
a place where I can wake up, drink coffee and take care of a field full of food..
a place where our animals can run free and enjoy the company of goats, chickens, sheep, (outdoor) cats, and rescued boarder collies..
I dream of a place where I can look across the dinner table and thank my wife for helping me create a personal heaven.
I dream of a home that my children can grow up understanding how important animals and plants are to our health..
I dream of a little piece of earth, where I can live a life I am proud of…
fueled in part by hard work and labor and in other ways such as income from photography and the passion of my heart..
At age 40 I want to be able to take a deep breath and say.. We’ve done it…
by age 45 I want my kids to either be building dirt jumps for bikes or enjoying any outdoor actitivity, as long as they’re not glued to a TV playing video games all day..
by 50.. I want to be able to look back on the last 20 years and feel like I’ve contributed passionately to hundreds of peoples lives in ways that only they and I can feel and understand..
I don’t want to change the world..
I just want to create my own.. and feel proud that I was able to..
when I’m 60 I want to be able to look across the table at Jen and say.. “We’ve done it” as our children begin creating their own families and we continue to do what we love, creating art, listening to music, and growing our own food.
then whatever happens 60+ I’ll consider a blessing and just a beautiful life..
that’s my timeline.. and I’ve been sticking to it since I was 15.. with 25 and 33 being the first deadlines..
I’m 32 as of a few days ago.. and it’s working out just fine.
Photography, when done right, really isn’t so much about the photographs, as it’s about showing somebody something they may not get to see every day, whether it be how beautiful they are or how beautiful the love the share with another is..
portraits can carry so much within them..
so it’s with these thoughts in mind that I look forward to the coming week.. years and the life I have in front of me..
In 10 days I marry the love of my life and a courageous photographer who understands how powerful photography can be.
Life is good.
“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
There are very few instruments that can convey the depth of emotion that a piano can convey. I feel like it has a lot to do with two hands being able to separately contribute to the overall piece being played. Two melodies, from the same person. This is what makes a piano special. A great pianist is an incredible linguist in the language of melody. I used to play the piano as a younger boy. I hope to someday return to learning to play on one.
In the meantime, I’ve been really digging Chilly Gonzales recently. Here’s a video of him playing the song Othello from his most recent album, Solo Piano II
In celebration of earth day Jen and I woke up today and her wonderful dad brought us out into the beautiful marshes of southern Louisiana, where we proceeded to catch a redfish that I am now preparing for dinner. Some may feel this is an odd way to celebrate earth day, I on the other hand feel that it is simply perfect.
The earth is wonderful. We are so accustomed to pillaging it through the ways in which we create our food today. If everyone had the opportunity to provide for themselves even a few times a year and really respected the source of what it is that we eat, I do believe that we would treat the earth so much better and live in a way that isn’t quite so abrasive and disrespectful to the land.
I love our earth.. you should too.
What I am truly impressed with, in life, is meeting those who have pursued a craft and who, through that craft, have become tuned to finer things in life that are only seen or experienced when you get past the shallow simplicity of something, into much deeper relationships with whatever it is one does..
New Orleans truly leads the nation in nighttime entertainment. Live music can be found everywhere and of a caliber that really means you can walk into any bar and find high quality and enjoyable music, no matter your interests.
This is not exclusive to clubs either. Here’s a typical scene (and by typical I mean I’ve seen this band play so many times now.. just walking down the street, or others like them)
This is the caliber of street musicians here in New Orleans.. Everyday…
Here’s Tuba Skinny with “Papa’s got the bathwater on” recorded live on what might be Royal street, in New Orleans one sunny afternoon.