Covid did a lot of damage to the world, but it had an even broader effect on my personal world. It made me lose interest in something I love to do, photography.
I have spent the last couple of years simply not caring anymore, and I didn't really know why. It had a lot to do with my focus being required elsewhere. I had to find a good job, I needed to be there for my family. I found lots of excuses. My normal work ethic in this area was greatly diminished.
I have made many abortive attempts to get back into it. I couldn't reconnect. I managed to get one shoot done recently that was fun and got some decent shots, but it didn't make me happy. The blame for that was entirely with me. The model was great, but my head wasn't right yet.
Then two weeks ago I started a vacation. My first real vacation in 10 years. I took time to start looking at what I had done, and thinking about why I disconencted. I know part of it was Covid and the inability to get people into my studio and other excuses, but as I looked at my photos and those of other people I hit on the main thing. I wasn't shooting what I wanted to shoot.
I was originally inspired by the pinups of Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas and the art of people like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo. When I started out I was learning what I needed to learn to do photography, I started shooting anything and everything. Occasionally I would shoot something that aimed towards the areas I wanted to work in, but I wasn't focused.
I have been looking at my photos as I said, and the gallery below contains images that I felt lean towards what I wanted to do when I started. Every one of them had a thought behind it. A goal. They make me happy.
So why am I saying all of this? Because I felt like explaining myself before I get started again.
I am not going back to general photography. I am only going to do projects that are thought out and well executed. Mine or yours, but I will not take on a shoot without a solid creative plan and an objective for the images. An even larger idea is looming behind all of this too. More on that later.
I want something better from my work. I don't want my images to look like everyone else's images. I want something that says "That's Dave Arnspiger's work." I want people to want to be a part of those images.
So I am putting everything I have done before in the past as my 'education' and I am going to aim for a much higher bar going forward. This is going to be fun.
Enjoy the images below.