I finally created a Shutterstock portfolio. And I uploaded some pictures from my trip to Garner State Park. Soon I’ll be rich.
I don’t know what took me so long. I love taking pictures, and people like them. It’s only natural that I should publish them.
I first started taking pictures seriously (seriously?) as a young newspaper editor. I had a really good black-and-white camera and a tiny darkroom. Yes, I did my own darkroom work. I published those pictures in the newspaper.
The pictures went with words, of course. But sometimes, the words can go with pictures. You call those captions.
I’m a word man. Usually, when I take pictures, they go with my words. And I use my words to paint pictures.
Every year at the winter solstice I shoot the sunrise to go with a poem. I send those out in a card to a few thousand friends and acquaintances. (Ask me.) And I take pictures to go with other poems.
I guess I’m a picture man, too. Some people call me a photographer, but I feel more like a shutterbug. Either way, I love the visual world. I love color and form and motion. I look at a scene, and I’m compelled to take pictures of all that.
I went to Garner last fall when I was trying to figure out where I am in my life. It was a moving trip. You can read about that (and see some pictures) here.
A big part of where I am in my life now is getting my work out there. So, hello, Shutterstock. I have a lot of what they sell. And they’re willing to market it for me. (I’m going to read their terms of service real soon.) Look me up.