Masked in red beans.


earning. That was a koan one year. Just like simple is this year’s koan. I was doing a deep review to find pictures for this and two other projects. After glazing my brain and frosting my eyes, I came to understand why I am not working much and not caring if I do.

We’ve been around these parts for eleven years. I’ve made so many pictures that just a passing review of the pictures I’ve published on Storyteller takes over three hours.

That’s a lot of pictures.

It also means that I’ve been repeating myself. A lot. the flower and semi-nature pictures look a little different, but they really aren’t.

It’s true that my New Orleans cultural pictures are different. The people change. The suits change. The clothing colors change. But, no matter how the CDC changes rules, I still can’t be out there.

That’s okay. It is especially okay because after looking at my work with a cold, clear eye I think I’ve done about as much as anybody can do. And, this doesn’t count the RAW files that are on my hard drives and in the cloud.

I’m not saying that I don’t want to photograph, I just need to find a subject that stirs my passions.

I learned one more very important point as well. My numbers across the board are flat. I thought I was doing something wrong.

I’m not.

As I worked through my work on a year by years basis, I started thinking about the people I don’t see anymore. So many “friends” have just dropped out. They haven’t been on WordPress in years.

I don’t know why.

I’ve discussed the reason that people come to WordPress and start a blog. They are working through a personal change. They are writing a book and want to build a community who they hope are buyers. They are selling something else. Some just get confused and forget why they came to WordPress.

So, that’s the story.

Today is Lundi Gras in New Orleans. The day before Mardi Gras. It’s also day five in the war in Ukraine. We can celebrate one and continue our support of Ukraine. I believe we can chew gum and walk at the same time.



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