For a start, I am writing again. I've been pouring hours into a fiction piece, and enjoying my results. i know this site is focused more on my photography, but I feel like this is the point where the re-awakening started, and so bears mentioning.
On a more photographic bent, I had a breakthrough idea a few weeks back, a realization that alternative process photo printing might hold the key to achieving the look I wanted for a long tabled concept for a series of photos. Armed with this idea, and a gnawing desire to reacquaint myself with alt process printing, I went scrolling through old photos on my hard drive looking for worthy candidates for practice, and ordered a Cyanotype kit.
This is just one step along the way. I'm planning to use this time to grow, re-familiarize myself with the techniques and equipment. Once I've grown comfortable with my cyanotypes again, my next step will be gum bichromate. That's the tool of choice for the project that launched this rediscovery of my love for the camera. Being able to print full color, with the hazy, textural quality of a painting, and the not quite photo-memisis that I think will help me pull off my desired project.
In the meantime, you all get to watch along as I re-explore the joys of this process, and rediscover my passion for the work.