Looks like Father Time decided to fly instead of drive this year.
Does anyone know where 2010 went, exactly? From the launch of Living Exposed last December to now, the sensation I’m left with makes me feel like I should be counting weeks instead of months. Crikey.
However, looking back on the people, the places, the photography, and the adventures that held it all together, it has certainly been an incredible (if fleeting) year. Check it:
Arizona origins. Roots – while on an archaeology project on Bozarth Mesa in summer 2009 Vic turned up to join me for a few photographic “experiments” out in the wilds in order to kick around some bigger ideas and shoot a bit of video. It was good. Real good.
Central America step-up. The juices were starting to flow, and so I highjacked a photography workshop I was scheduled to teach in August and converted it into a bit more of a “work” trip, once again getting a hand from Vic, and also Meryl and Kim. We completed as a team some satisfying photography including a few short films in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and also delivered some well-loved but working digital cameras from the States to a local classroom (which we will follow up on, eventually).
Digital frontiers. Life was dandy, things were humming along, and it seemed time to hit up a little thing known as the “Internet”. Turns out it’s a bit of work to do that right, but by early December and with the occasional hand up from Robin I managed to beat down the perfectionist inside of me and launch what we had in terms of a website. It remains far from perfect today, but hey – it’s a start.
Hawai’i – The Big Island boot camp. We put the word out to see if anyone cared to join me on the Big Island for another photography experiment, once again built on the back of an archaeology field program (ahem, my dissertation fieldwork). In the end it was nine of us who got together and made a fabulous run of things over just four short days. I dubbed our Frankenstein Exposure: Hawai’i, and it was seen through brilliantly by Meryl, Shawn, Colleen, Kula, Cole, Christine, Josef, and Jonathan (plus one rambunctious rooster).
England – The Yorkshire Dales (and so much more). Life next whisked me off (back) to England, and after a bit of scouting around I was introduced to a place that felt highly worth another attempt at visual excavation. Again, we put the word out as best we could and eventually a team of eight completed a solid September week in the Dales, getting a taste of everything from sheep auctions to kicking it in one of the coolest museum I’ve ever encountered (The Swaledale Museum, Reeth). This was Exposure: England – The Yorkshire Dales and the crew was Vic, Susie, Ann, Josef, Christine, Katii, and Bob.
At the end of the day, it’s all the same life. All that would have been more than enough to keep me busy (it doesn’t take much, really), but when you add in a succession of celebrations (see The Daunting Geographic Realities of International Marriages), and trying to make progress towards a Ph.D., it’s no real wonder that Father Time is leaving me in his dust.
It has been a very fine year looking, exploring, shooting, thinking, relaxing, working, seeing, and sharing everything to do with Living Exposed with each of you who have joined the various endeavors. I have learned so much and enjoyed it all immensely. Beyond that, big thanks also go to all the individuals who were supportive of our collective effort in so many ways – it’s all so appreciated!
Many organizations, groups, businesses and charities also were hugely important to all that was accomplished. It wouldn’t have been the same without:
Hawai’i Archaeological Research Project
University of Hawai’i
New Moon Foundation
Kohala Middle School
Pima Community College Centre for Archaeological Field Training
Cottonwood Cattle Company
Maderas Rainforest Conservancy
La Suerte Biological Field Station
Ometepe Biological Field Station
Brown Wing Studio
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Foundation
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Iron Creek Photography
Also, a special thanks to the uber-talented musicians who have featured on our media!
Frankly, I’ve bitten off a bit more than I could chew this year and so I am drowning in… fabulous imagery! A goal for 2011 is to work through the materials we’ve produced this year, getting the best pieces of the work into “final” forms with an eye towards building on them in the future. In terms of all that, let me know if you yearn to be the Huck Finn to my Tom Sawyer!
I look forward immensely to future adventures. This world doesn’t stop, and neither should we! Exactly when, where, or how the next chapter might take place I don’t quite know yet – as they say, watch this space… and give a shout if you’ve already found it.
Thanks for reading, and see you out there!
PHOTO CREDITS (top to bottom): Jesse Stephen, Victor Arnold, Christine Heidel, Victor Arnold