the future is now

pictory it's been a whirlwind few weeks since returning from Sudan - old work needed attention, new work needed bidding, the blog needed blogging, videos needed editing, family needed loving, thanks needed giving. you get the idea. life didn't stop just because i had a life affirming experience in Africa. and in the hustle & bustle, something fairly momentous almost passed without my notice. almost.

one year and three days ago, i celebrated the first anniversary of going full-time with my photography business. what started with the panic inducing "we have to let you go" has turned into one of the bigger blessings of my life.

that's how it goes, i think. bailout rarely produces success, but have-to almost always does. wife, two kids, mortgage, the potential for "i told you so" from those whose opinion i value most - moving forward was my only option and because of that (and a lot of grace) my business took off after getting put on the runway by a layoff in a terrible economy.

that's my story. and i don't know all the details behind the birth of Pictory, but i followed the JPG magazine thing pretty closely and i think Laura Brunow Miner & I may have a few things in common. so, when i received an email from her about the new online magazine she was launching, i got very excited.

from the the near death experience that was\is JPG magazine & it's user generated model, comes something new. maybe it's the future, maybe it's just the best one girl can do from her living room; whatever it is, i think it's exciting.

things are changing - everyday seems to bring news of another magazine closing its doors and chicken little cries, foretelling the death of print, litter our RSS readers. if i were sane, i'd be wondering if i picked the wrong business at the wrong time. i mean, who would pick to start a photography business on Dec. 1, 2008, when the economy was crashing down around us, unemployment daily reached new highs and one of the main avenues for photographers to sell their work (print media) was dying?

failure is good for the soul. it forces you to take stock of what's important, dig down to find your inner Ben Franklin and get to work. necessity is truly the mother of invention and i couldn't be any more thankful for the @lbm's of the world, who see the failure of one thing as an open door to the future.

kudos to you Laura & to all the others like you who, when arriving at the Brink of the Unknown, jumped barefoot into the abyss, so that those of us who find ourselves at the Brink find a bridge and not a void. oh, and thanks for including my image in Overseas & Overwhelmed - I'm honored.


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