I know it has been a while since I have posted anything meaningful here, but now I feel that enough things have transpired that I can write a post with some meat on it’s bones. Here is a brief outline, to keep me in check while writing this, and to give you, the reader, an idea of what you are getting into.

  • I had what I am calling a “Quarter-Life Crisis”
  • My Experiences During the elections season
  • The No-Pants Subway ride
  • And to Bring the whole thing down Some struggles I have been having recently with racism

Quarter Life Crisis

A few months ago the world was seeming a big dull and gray for me. I was going to work everyday and and I was hanging with the same people, doing my same routine. My motivation at work was nearly all gone. I was bored with the people I was hanging out with, and bored with what we did; drink( though I still love those people). I also was not taking photographs. All of this came to a head when I went home for thanks giving and went through some of my old photos from high school. The rush I felt when I first took those photos  came back to me. It was then that I realized that I had rarely felt that same rush when I started college.

My first step towards my “rehabilitation” was to separate myself from my old crop of friends and get out of that routine of weekly drinking. I sought out a new group of people, people who I more in common with, people with whom my eccentricities were more than just oddities, but where they could be appreciated and shared. I also focused and spent time with friends who I have “neglected”. That was a great period of growth and overall made me happier. I did not eschew my old routine friends, i just chose not to hang with them as part of a routine.

The Next step was to get me photographing again, which I had already started to do, but I had no direction. I sat down with Larry Chatman my photo professor from school and showed him my high school work. We sat and spoke for an hour and the basic gist of what I got out of that conversation was “Shoot More”. I know it seems rather simple, but I have a tendency to over think things so I needed an hour long convo to just get that. That being said I am shooting more, nothing I feel that is ready to be post yet but I will post as soon as I do. In fact I am currently working on a portfolio website and a business Identity of sorts as well.

All of this is further accelerated by a friend of my losing her job. Now in this economy it was to be expected and it sucks, but she turn losing her job into an oppurtunity. She quickly put together a portfolio enlist the help of her friends and and basically set up shop as a freelance photographer. She got cards, and a website done. That just inspired me further to keep working towards my goals.

As it stands now. I am still fleshing out my portfolio and am in the midst of designing my photo identity. I have also found a good group of people to hang out with, and and I make a bunch more new friends, and I am Happy.

A Brief Bit About The Election

I am not going to harp on the election. I just want to mention that I was there in Grant Park on Election Night.

Ok so I just want to say, that night was amazing. I have never been so immersed in so much positive energy. And the moment we found out the Barack Obama was elected president is rivaled only with the first time I had sex (I know that it’s vulgar but it’s the only comparison I have to express the amount of Joy I felt when Obama was elected.)

No Pants Subway Ride 2009

I have been a fan of Improv Everywhere ever since I first heard of them. They are a group based in New York who does non disruptive performance art who’s goal is to brighten people’s day. That being said I have wanted to participate in one of their “pranks” but obviously being in Milwaukee made that very unlikely. I also had previously missed the opportunity to participate in one of the national “pranks”; the MP3 Experiment in Chicago. So when I heard about the No Pants Subway Ride, I was all over that. I joined the Facebook group and tried to get friends to participate in the festivities. I was only able to get My friend Sas to join me, but she would not remove her pants.

Photos from the event.

Video:

Video From The New York Event:

All in all the event was one. I got a lot of weird looks and people whispering in the cell phones. Overall I enjoyed adding a little oddity into people’s day.
Oddly enough this subway ride segways to my recent encounter with racism.

Racism

When I first moved to Milwaukee to live on my own I had a NASTY habit of pointing out when ever I was the sole person of color in any situation. I realized I picked up that habit from my Mother and Step Father, & over the years i have worked hard to ignore that.

I bring this up because after the no pants subway ride, I went to go bowling with my mother and I showed her the photos from that day and told her how much I had that day. Later that evening when we were home I was showing her the video from that day and she asked how many black people were out participating.  At that time I thought nothing of it, but the more I though about it the more  it bugged me. In this day and age why would it matter? I tried to think about her question from a cultural point of view rather than a racial point of view but it still didn’t sit right with me. The No pants subway ride was neither perverted or sexual , just unusual.

I am not saying I ignore race nor am not able to see race, quite the opposite, I am very aware of race and differences, and I embrace them at least I do with my peers. We make fun of racial stereotypes, and other such things, it’s all in good fun and as far as I know doesn’t hurt any one’s feelings. I will admit that I still will bring up race more often then my peers  but as the years pass I am pulling away using that subject as a conversational mantle.

The point is to have fun , what ever the fun may be, is not predicated to the racial or cultural background…..

Until Next Time…….






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