VIEW THE PORTFOLIOS

Ten galleries of images representing David's work, both personal and professional, over the last 8 years.

READ THE BOOKS

If you've tried the books about gear and long for something more, David's poured his heart into 20 books and ebooks for you.

COLLECT THE PRINTS

Two carefully curated collections of 24 beautiful fine-art prints and folios for your walls or your personal collection.

Jan 7th

2008

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CategoryPosted in: Assignments, Awards & Accolades, Travel, Where In the World

Where In the World, January 07-22 2008

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Today I fly to Tunisia for two weeks of assignment work for me. When I first began this adventure I promised myself that as much as it was possible and OK with Sharon, I would do one trip annually – the only goal of which would be to work on my portfolio and stir the paint on the creative side of myself. I think it’s important to do work that is not driven by a client but by your own muse – work in which you can take chances and follow the somewhat unpredictable nature of inspiration. It’s this work you use to market yourself, submit to competitions, and sharpen your edges so you’ve always got your best to offer a client, year after year.

I think the most common mistake freelance creatives make is not allowing themselves – even forcing themselves – this time to hone their skills and re-fire their imaginations. The creative work becomes a commodity, time to do self-assignments gets seen as time without income; it doesn’t take long before the creativity stagnates, the joy of creation becomes elusive, and clients look elsewhere.

So over the next two weeks I will be travelling with an old friend – someone who is not a photographer – from Tunis to El Kef, Kairouan, Tozeur, Nefta, Tataoiune, and Sfax. We might make it to all of those, we might not. We might just fall in love with one place and stay the duration. We might go somewhere we don’t anticipate at all. What is important is that we go where the muse says we go.

Can’t tell you how excited I am about this. Tragically it means for you another two week hiatus. I’d love to post if I get a chance but I like these times when I am unplugged and the world has no tether on me. I’ll have a cell number in Tunisia and if you really, really need me you can email me. Sharon will be checking the email at the studio/office and will give my cell number out at her discretion.

Jan 5th

2008

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CategoryPosted in: Marketing, Self-Promotion

You Did that on purpose!

If you’ve read this blog or know me personally you know one of my favourite words is INTENTIONALITY. Life happens faster and faster all the time and without putting much effort into it the days slide by and before you know it another year has gone by and it’s still “same old, same old.” If […]

Jan 3rd

2008

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CategoryPosted in: GEAR

GEARLust: Mac Tablet Coming

Produced by Axiotron (AxioTron.com) this modded MacBook is pretty slick, and for those of us who’ve come to know and love the Wacom tablets, it’s hard not to get a terminal case of gear-lust when looking at this. Available with optional GPS installed. They should be shipping within US and Canada soon. More info HERE.

Jan 1st

2008

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CategoryPosted in: Travel

Update re. Flying With Batteries

Boy this is fun. Ok, here’s an update via Flying With Fish. Here’s his post: Link HERE And here’s the link to the TSA page: Link HERE But for the lazy and in the inevitable event that the link above dies: Effective January 1, 2008, the Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Pipeline and Hazardous […]