I'm back from a trip to US southwest national parks. We drove 3500+ kilometers and visited Yosemite, Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Parks. It was mostly about experience and not pictures, I didn't even have my main camera with me. I still managed to grab a couple of pictures I like, this one possibly the best of them.
I had a chance to visit Kreenholm Manufacture in Narva this weekend. It's been on my list for several years, so I couldn't wait. It was also several months since I shot anything at least semi-seriously - it's not going to be my next big project or something - but it still felt good to look through the viewfinder again.
What once was the largest textile factory in Europe, is now thousands of square meters of empty halls with pillars. But if you look carefully, you still find some traces of people who once worked there.
My thanks goes to Philip Solovjov for organizing this trip.
Visiting Tõnis Saadoja's exhibition "Arhitektuurifoto väikese poisiga - õlimaalid lõuendil" (Architecture Photo with a Small Boy - Oil on Canvas) at Narva Art Residency. Pictures are from October 2014, but I found them interesting and worth publishing.
My son commented that it seemed the boy on the paintings is lost.
After years in pursuit of technical quality, I've found Polaroids :)
I'll not get into everything that hasn't gone according to plans lately when it comes to my photographic life, but rather share some good news.
First of all - I did some design changes to the site. It now looks like every other photographers page (minus bold-colored pictures), but there's a reason this layout is among the most used. I wanted captions, but I didn't like Squarespace's lightbox and the way it renders picture captions (it cuts the lower part of the photo). I wanted single pictures to be linkable. There're downsides too - project intro has to be presented as picture, there's no place for any other text you might want to add. And I don't exactly like the thumbnails view that gives more space to portrait-format photos. But all in all, I consider it worthwhile update.
Secondly - my work got some positive feedback on Andrew Molitor's blog. Not a huge impact or publicity, but I'm happy that what I wanted to achieve with Blood Unquiet is not completely lost. There've not been too many people who get to the bottom of it and like it. I always prefer the first - being understood and disliked for a reason is better than superficially dismissed (because you know, focus wasn't where it should've been on one of the pics).
I also added some new pictures to Blood Unquiet from last two years. And most of them have captions now - something I resisted doing before. The reason - I want to be understood after all and captions add some pieces to the puzzle. So lets see how it works.
(And if you ask about the picture above - I shot it in my backyard when I got home really late one night; I really enjoy living outside of town).