So after years of taking photographs and creating illustrations, and using a public, online photo album to display them, I decided that I needed to create a portfolio site that would more clearly and directly display my work.
It came at a point where I really started to define what it was I was doing with my camera [capturing the world to show the world itself, in all of its glorious ugliness].
But I rarely do things the easy way. I spent a few months teaching myself HTML and CSS so that I could create exactly what I wanted to see. The first incarnation of the site was a code-heavy blob of server-crunching horribleness.
It looked cute, but it was a programmer’s [and browser's] nightmare. I got some more books, spent some more time, and tightened up my skills. The result is this site! I’m really proud of it. It really represents me, down to my handwriting and the doodles I fill my sketchpad with.
Black is infinitely meaningful to me. It is the best absorber of light; the hue of melanin; the color of my true love’s hair; black seeds have long been regarded as a cure all, and an amazing source of energy. The definition of a seed is “that from which anything springs.” My site is called black seed photography because each image represents the ever-realized potential of human experience: like a seed, we possess, inertly, all of the components necessary for life. And like life, the expression is varied, and infinite.
Here’s a look at the old site: