Photo Journal Entry #2: New Days, New Chances

The last couple of months have been full of changes. My girlfriend Meaghan and I moved out of our rental house into an awesome shotgun-style house that she bought. The rental house was falling apart and served as a great source of stress for both of us the year that we lived there. Moving out of there brought on a great sense of relief and a chance to start over. 

The other major change happened this last week. I decided to leave my full time job at a print shop for a new opportunity that has shaken up my entire concept of work. I’ve always found myself getting stuck in 8-5 jobs and I desperately wanted to taste something different. So I’ve taken a job hanging wall art for a company here in Birmingham. I get to work locally but also travel out of town a couple of times a month. It’s essentially a part time job making almost the same amount of money that I was making at my 40 hour a week job. I’m really looking forward to being able to travel to all sorts of new places and take photos. I’m notorious for not getting out of my state enough. The downside of my new career is that I don’t have insurance anymore so that’s something I have to figure out. There is also a slice of uncertainty that I’m both attracted to and scared of.

So here’s the huge upsides to my new schedule; I get a chance to pursue a lot of the things that I’ve been wanting to do forever but never had the “time” to do. I get to work on getting my Google Certification finished so I can start doing freelance SEO and Digital Marketing work. I get to put myself out there for freelance design work. I get to work on finding and selling cameras and other photo stuff online. The list goes on. So far I’m feeling really good about it and the future looks bright. 

The photos in this post were all taken with an Olympus Infinity Stylus on expired Fujicolor C200 film and Kodak Colorplus 200.

Photo Journal Entry #1: Jones Chapel

A few weekends ago I got a chance to hang out and spend the night in my hometown of Cullman, Alabama. It’s about an hour north of Birmingham, so nothing too far but it’s rare that I get to spend any significant amount of time there other than a few hours on Sundays visiting family. As I get older I feel more of an urgency and even an obligation to document as much as I can in the area. I spend so much time and effort, driving around and documenting other parts of Alabama that it seems odd that I manage to avoid diving into the place I grew up. 

It’s amazing how much your perception of a place can change over the years. I admit that I used to hate my hometown, like most any other restless kid or young adult. But now, as a 34 year old man, it just feels…different. I see it differently when I’m there. I appreciate the few friends I have left there. The place has come a long way; we have a Starbucks and Publix now. I don’t usually drive through the downtown when I’m there except to stop for coffee. I’m interested in the little things, the county roads and the things that only half exist now. 

The photos in this post were all taken in the Jones Chapel area. My old friend Lyle and I got up and drove out there to visit a couple of flea markets. I hadn’t been in this area in many years and it looks a lot different than I remember.

I do a lot of daydreaming about moving back here one day, so I can explore and document on a consistent basis. I think it’s mostly an overly-romanticized version of what it would really be like, but it sounds nice in theory. 

All images in this entry were taken with an Olympus Infinity Stylus on expired Fujicolor C200 film.

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