So after some thought (and a delightful afternoon/evening blogging at Tryst with friends), I've got my starter list of goals. Keeping it simple at the start. And without further ado...
1. Exhibit my photos in a gallery.
I know some talented, inspiring people. People who accomplish great things and continue to take their artistic work to the next level when I thought they had already reached the top. Sometimes these people do things I never thought about pursuing myself because I apparently assumed, on some level, that they were outside of my reach.
One of those things is to have my photos displayed in a gallery. It's not something I thought I could never do. It's something I never thought about doing in the first place. That's an option?! How did that not cross my mind? I'm not sure, but I have my first goal now. Bam.
2. Redesign/move my website.
I first set up my website, inspired by my friend Milli, in January 2010. I chose to use SquareSpace to set up and host my site, and it treated me well for a while. Then I started to hear more and more about WordPress (.org, as I later learned), and my curiosity was piqued. This was amplified by the fact that I started to notice the slew of spam comments on my blog posts. I have wanted to move my site over to WordPress for months now, and I think it's time to make myself make that happen. And while I'm at it, review my site architecture, design, look and feel. (Nerd!)
3. Photo book follow through.
Years ago, I had an idea for a photo book. It would explore the idea of body image and the importance of perspective. I mentioned the idea in a bit more detail to some friends and got varied responses, all somewhat skeptical, I'd say. In part because of those responses and in part because of my inability to complete my vision even within my own head, I never pursued it. But sometimes my visions begin in my head with a vague semblance of a shape (not the most marketable material), and then naturally take form seemingly on their own as I begin work on them. So I am going to give this photo book idea a chance and see how it develops.
4. Photo project follow through.
When I went to NYC in April to take my friend from California around the city, I went up the Empire State Building for the first time. All these trips over all these years and I had never been. When I saw the view of Manhattan from the 102nd floor, I got an idea for a photo project—a layered collage, inspired by my experiment with the NYC Street Sunset—and tons of pictures of lower Manhattan. Unedited. Untouched. Not for long...
(P.S.-Todo is one of my nicknames. You know, because I don't have enough names I go by already.) :)