having a passion outside the job

Folks who know me, know that I spend most of my spare time being a photographer. I spend time out photographing landscapes and other things that interest me to stay creatively fulfilled. I spend hours and hours on the computer in the digital darkroom – which was supposed to make our lives easier – but which I think is more time consuming and takes more hours of my time than the old wet darkroom used to and is not as creatively fulfilling – for me anyway. Over the coming months I plan to add work in cyanotype and van dyke brown – both alternative processes – to my mix of printing and I hope that with the change in jobs, that I will settle into a balance where I can still spend time photographing rather than spending all my time working on client jobs. This will be hard because of the book but I have to make the time – thank goodness I don’t have children because I would never have time for anything.

I am currently working through a series of images that were part of a theme the group I am part of—the bapc (bay area photographers collective)—had been shooting for a show at the Berkeley Arts Center. The show is coming up fast – november 2nd – and I have 5 pieces that were accepted into it. That means printing, matting and framing.

I had a hard time shooting this theme as I haven’t had personal loss of any significance. I ended up working out a concept around my commute to Yahoo! I felt like I came up with a series of work that addressed this theme but it is unfinished. Now that I don’t commute anymore, I wonder how and when to finish this series of work.

More info about the show and the body of work I have in the show will be shared shortly.

erin
current: partner, tangible user experience :: a full-service user experience design consulting firm. former Yahoo! founder of the public and internal Yahoo! pattern library. dse. design director of ued teams responsible for designing solutions across key yahoo! platforms: social media, personalization, membership and vertical search.

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