Goals

Katahdin Sunrise
Katahdin Sunrise

When I decided somewhere around 28 years ago that I wanted to be a photographer, my initial goal was to become a sports photographer. I worked hard and worked my way up from working for a weekly newspaper, to freelancing for a large daily newspaper, to being a contract photographer for a trading card company, where my photos found a home on the fronts and backs of baseball, football, and hockey cards. Looking back, it's amazing to me how quickly I achieved that first goal. It's also amazing to me how fleeting that success was. The industry changed for the worse, in my opinion, and I was unwilling to change with it, so I moved on to different pursuits.

In the 15 years since I made the decision to move on, landscape photography became much more a passion of mine, and the more I did it, the more ingrained in my soul it became. At first, it was enough to photograph for my own satisfaction. I chose not to care what others thought or felt about my work.  But that's changed over time for me. Why? Because I've been lucky enough to see how my images have affected those who are touched by them. These images remind people of a time, or a place, or a person that was important to them. So over time, I set the goal to try and put my work out in front of people more, to try and find the people who might be touched in some way by my images.

This year, I find myself having achieved a few goals. As I wrote about here, I was accepted into my first juried exhibition in the Maine Photography Show. I have also decided to try my hand at showing work at art festivals; I hope to be able to announce which one(s) soon. My never ending goal is quite simple: Keep traveling, keep photographing, keep showing my work.

And to bring things back to my images, and to goals, above is my image of "Katahdin Sunrise", which I photographed in the fall of 2017. It was inspiring to me, to stand on Abol Bridge and watch as hikers came off of the Appalachian Trail, some having already summited Katahdin, others planning to make the ascent in the next day or two. As the northern terminus of the AT, Katahdin has meaning for many people who have completed the climb, or even the entire trail. I hope to one day climb Katahdin myself in the not-too-distant future. Another goal. Maybe this summer, maybe next. Maybe in the fall. But it will happen. I'm making other goals happen too. Those, I'll keep to myself until the time is right. Stay tuned.

Click below to see more of my images from Maine or around New England, and see if any inspire you to set new goals.  Or comment below on some of your goals for the year!