Stroll (2023 - Current)

A (Sometimes) Nightly Photographic Diary, Captured on iPhone


Stroll is a nightly diary of my late night walks through my neighborhood, explored through my iPhone.

In August of 2023 we moved into a new apartment, which shone a light on how bad our old place actually was– an uninspiring location, hot, loud, and with inconsiderate neighbors. Moving to this new location has been a breath of fresh air not just for my mental health, but my creative spirit as well.

Every evening since we’ve been here I have gone on a late night stroll through the neighborhood and photographed the scenes that I see with my iPhone. The two block walk takes me through a forested path in a park, past a church, down the street, and back to our place. Putting in my ear buds and slowly meandering along the way has become one of my favorite things to do and has been a breath of fresh air for me, in more ways than the literal sense.

Most nights I walk solo. Some nights I walk with my son Elliott, bonding along the way as we both take photographs and talk about photography and life. This walk helps me to build familiarity and a sense of home that I haven’t felt for a long time. As I walk, I revisit the same trees, the same lampposts, and the same bushes, and I watch how they change from day to day. Once the cooler weather hits, I will see them transform drastically.

THE PHOTOS

These photos have only ever been jpegs and they are not technically perfect. That’s not what these photos are about. They are about how I am building intimate familiarity with a fresh breath of life. And they're practice. I use my time exploring through my iPhone to find patterns in the contrasts and textures, really putting the puzzle pieces together and practicing compositions through a casual approach.

I never photograph people and I never photograph occupied residences, only anonymous scenes during my two block walk and the courtyard of the nearby church.

Some nights will have no photo due to travel or other circumstances. Some nights will have one photo. Some nights will have more than one.

I have so much work that I need to do, but right now this is the one creative outlet that I have in the sea of products, pricing, marketing, and more that comes with building a business. And it’s pure. I enjoy it. It excites me. And I want to share that with you.Maybe one day I will tire of the walk. Or one day we might move. For whatever reason, there is an unknown time of conclusion of this series.But for now, it’s filling me up.

UPDATES/NOTES

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UPDATES/NOTES


October 21, 2023

Autumn has arrived and familiar scenes that I’ve watched subtly change since this summer have finally made drastic changes.

It’s not the loss of a flower petal here, a new petal there, a maple seedling turning from green to brown, and other things that I got to know the subtleties of when taking these nightly strolls.

Contrasts and textures are changing and new scenes are emerging, begging me to spend some time with them.

And to be honest, I haven’t been on a stroll in at least two weeks.

One reason was a roadtrip with my girlfriend from Missouri back to home in Oregon, and then not a week later we adopted a kitten we named Charlie.

I still go out every night, but it’s to take Charlie to climb trees in a grassy area under some large maples. We sit there for a while and I’ve been spending my time interacting with him and training him on a leash to let him experience the world.

He’s a wonderful cat and a joy to have around. He’s three months old and learning quickly.

Last night he was just too cute to wake up to take outside, so I went solo and, without having him as a distraction, I was able to get into an observational rhythm. It felt good to “be back”.

I also realized that giving this exploration a prominence changed its purity and my relationship with it. While I enjoyed my time exploring the neighborhood, making it a “thing” created a self-imposed pressure to be productive and performative with it.

The process became work instead of a creative escape FROM work where I valued the freedom and lack of expectation. By giving the process prominence by way of including it on my website and minting the images to the blockchain, I strayed from the purpose of its existence.

I may still upload the images to my website, but I am letting myself be ok with not doing that and placing the priority back on genuinely engaging with my neighborhood in a pure and uninhibited way.


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