I’m writing this from a Boeing 777 on its way back to Chicago O’Hare and I’m still in denial that our one-month adventure is Paris has come to an end. I spent the last four weeks exploring the city with my wife and focusing on my photography while growing as a creative.
Prior to our trip, I was living on airplanes between Chicago and San Francisco for work resulting in a very limited amount of time to focus on creating photographs – the image below being my favorite during that time.
My days in Paris focused on waking up early enough to shoot during morning light, reviewing and editing in the late afternoon harsh light (excluding rainy days), and uploading select photographs of the day to Instagram with minimal edits, often times exclusively using mobile apps.
This workflow took some getting used to but overall it set an expectation for myself to get up and shoot. My goal wasn’t to leave Paris without experiencing the city away from the camera nor was it to leave with a dozen portfolio-worthy photographs. My goal was to explore and shoot as much as possible and to constantly force myself to post work publicly. As a creative, I tend to only want to display work that is perfect – amazing – flawless – portfolio worthy. However, that’s never the case and by using the workflow mentioned above, I was able to shoot around 5,000 images, edit nearly 100 (ready for print), and post over thirty straight days online.
The image at the top of the post is a selection of some of my favorite photographs I created while living in Paris. Aside from dealing with a square format thanks to Layout, I’m very happy with these images and look forward to both finalizing the edits in Lightroom and printing them later this year.
Reviewing my work and dedicating so much time to photography has created more questions than answers and one of the reasons I’ll be writing more frequently here in the future. The most important question at the moment: finding and/or refining your style as a creative.
More to come soon.
Images in this post were taken with the Sony A7 Mark ii, Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA, Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4.0 ZA OOS, and Leica 24mm f/1.4 Summilux.