Socks - This
was created during my wife's family Christmas gathering.
recently went on vacation with my wife where I attempted to create
some new images. I always find it difficult to split my attention
between two purposes; vacationing and creating. This has been an
ongoing conflict, trying to be there for my family but also wanting
to create in some wonderful locations.
of the challenges I face are:
family hates waiting for me while I photograph and they no longer
believe me when I say "I'll only be 10 minutes!"
feel guilty taking time from the family to photograph...but I so want
to get that shot!
on vacation makes me feel rushed, and my creative process does not
like to be rushed.
family wants to help me out by pointing out every "great
shot" they see. I know they are trying to be helpful, but what
they think is a great shot differs from what I think.
cannot be creative on a moments notice but rather need 2-3 days of
full time shooting just to get into the "seeing mode" as I
call it. And yet while on vacation I'm forced to carve out an hour
here and an hour there, and so it's hard to get into that mode.
as I reviewed my past vacation images, I realized that despite my
conflicted feelings, I have been able to reach a compromise between
family and photography.
I'd prefer to create images on a dedicated photo trip, but
photographing while on vacation still beats the alternative of not
photographing at all!
are some images from past vacations:
Waiting - We were on a family
vacation in San Clemente when I slipped away a couple of times to
photograph down by the pier.
Chuzenji-ko - My wife and I were
visiting my son Corby who was a Marine serving in Japan. We visited
the Village Chuzenji-ko and they took a walk and talked while I
Lone Man No. 37 - I created this
when we were on a family dive vacation in the Honduras.
Isolated - From the Japan trip
to see my son.
At the Picnic - We were visiting
my son Cody and his wife Erica in Ukraine when I created this image.
We were at a picnic hosted by Cody's friend who wanted to see me work.
Two Trees - My wife Dyan and I
were driving around the Big Island when I saw this shot. Dyan sat in
the car and read a book while I hiked in to create this image.
Peas in a Pod - We were on a
family hike in the Iao Valley when I stopped to photograph a stream.
My daughter Mason got bored waiting for me and created this
masterpiece (which turned out better than the stream shot below).
Balance - Not as good as
"Peas in a Pod" above!
, With Eyes Shut No. 6 - This
series was created on the streets of Ukraine over a two day period
as my wife, son and daughter-in-law looked on or explored.
Old Wardour Castle - We were in
England visiting castles when I put a sheet on my daughter Mason and
had her spin for a 30 second exposure.
Stone Jetty No. 6 - I left my
wife back at the condo for the day and created this on Maui.
Ceremonial Wash Basin - My wife
and son Corby would see the sights while I wandered around
photographing. Dyan has always been very patient with me in this
Two Kimonos - My son Corby
helped me with this image and we left my wife to wander alone in Tokyo.
Swimming Towards the Light - We
were at my wife's family reunion when I created this image of my
daughter Mason swimming laps in the pool.
Auschwitz No. 14 - While
visiting my son Cody and his wife Erica in Ukraine, we travelled to
Poland and visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. While they took the tour, I
created this series.
Stonehenge - My wife and kids
waited in the car for two hours while I photographed in the rain.
Bent Grass - My wife and I had a
getaway without the kids, when I left her in the room for a few hours
so I could photograph. This image has always been a favorite of mine,
despite it not being very popular with the public.
Peterhof - My wife, my son Cody
and I were touring Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg when I broke away
to photograph this line of trees.
Harbinger No. 1 - My son Jem and
I were on a road trip when I stopped to photograph these mud hills.
It was over 100 degrees and I dragged him up the hills with me which
made him very disagreeable. I hope now that he enjoys being a part of
Clouds - We had just driven from
San Francisco to Colorado and were just one mile from home when I saw
these clouds. I knew that I would face a firestorm of protest if I
stopped...but I did and I'm glad that I did!