I’m happy to say that I’ve been reasonably prolific since “retiring” from the Art department at the local community college last June. “Retiring” is in quotes because it’s more like semi-retirement than full-blown “not working anymore” retirement. I’m still teaching a couple classes here and there–photography and graphic design.
But I have a lot of extra time to manage, and I’ve managed to fill it with a lot of picture-making. The first six images in the gallery on page one of this site have all emerged from the digital darkroom since I left the workforce. That’s one per month–not that I’m counting obsessively.
In addition to those six, I produced many other creations during this period–but they were deemed unfit for human consumption and have been banished to the dark recesses of a random hard drive. No matter how experienced you become, you never lose the ability to produce garbage. Knowing which pieces to display and which to discard is an art in itself.
That being said, I must confess to feelings of ambivalence regarding my very latest image. (See above.) I can’t make up my mind if it’s display-worthy or garbage-worthy. Sometimes I really like it. And sometimes I really don’t.
Oh, well. I guess I’ll just put it out there and see what people say.