Your new Photography Contributing Editor comes clean
By Heather Clisby on May 25, 2007
BlogHer Original Post
As BlogHerâ€™s new Photography Editor, Iâ€™d like to make a confession upfront: Last summer, I kicked my Photo Muse to the curb.
Thatâ€™s when I moved from San Francisco to Denver to meet up with my yummy new beau. Along the way, I visited my fellow BlogHer pal, Leslie, and joked to her: â€œHeâ€™ll probably take a look at how much stuff I have and dump me on the spot!â€ Har-har-har! Yuk-yuk-yuk! Oh yes, that was a good one.
Not nearly as funny, however, when the joke became a reality. â€œYou have too many things,â€ he opined two days after my arrival, â€œA sure sign of inner chaos.â€ Since we were sitting on beach chairs in my living room, I assumed he was talking about the endless boxes of print photos and good olâ€™ fashioned film negatives.
Despite his obvious idiocy (â€˜MonkManâ€™ slept on plywood fer chrissakes) he had a point. In addition to my broken heart, there was a side casualty; unpacking all my photo gear alone while sobbing my heart out actually snuffed out my beloved shutterbug. Warped, I know.
Finally, nearly a year later, that familiar twitch has returned, just in time for my new role at BlogHer. Thankfully, I could not have been dumped in a more beautiful locale. For the first time ever, I live with seasons! Four of â€˜em! (Growing up in LA, we only knew about autumn when the new TV line-up was announced.) Iâ€™ve got a whole new state to explore â€“ rugged cowboys, unfamiliar flowers, disruptive snowstorms and let us not forget the majestic Rocky Mountains. Oh my, yes.
However, this photo-free time has not gone to waste for I have spent the last year just seeing. A camera, after all, is only an extension of the original lenses we came with. For me, this awareness is a crucial part of the craft. I once lost touch with this reality â€“ seeing only through the lens, convincing myself that if I did not photograph something I did not really see it - and the resulting images clearly suffered.
Meanwhile, digital photography has gone mainstream. As an old-school purist, I have dutifully resisted but just on the space-saving aspect alone, I am ready to embrace. Of course, I possess some small digital cameras but they leave me so cold, my muse doesnâ€™t stir. Itâ€™s akin to having sex with a full body condom - Iâ€™m pretty sure something happened but certainly not anything worth mentioning.
Darkness, no more, my friends! The time has come to resume this journey, albeit with a fancy new horse. I recently bit the bullet and plunked down a solid chunk oâ€™ change for a digital SLR, a Canon Digital Rebel XTi. I am in love with it and when no one is looking, I kiss it. It is money well-spent just for the tingle factor alone.
In this space, I will share this passion with yaâ€™ll while seeking clarity and insight in return. Iâ€™m no pro but I am mad about it. Iâ€™m so honored to be trusted with the flashlight on this adventure, to finally let my pent-up shutterbug loose and see what in tarnation is going on out there.
I implore you to let me know how best I can serve this community. If you have specific requests, something youâ€™d like me to investigate â€“ new photo software or photo-sharing site, Iâ€™m open. Same goes for any photo-related issues â€“ use me, baby. My lens cap is off, the battery is charged and the lighting is perfect. Letâ€™s get snapping.
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