North, Miss Tessmacher!

Faded + Blurred was started five years ago this month at a time when I really didn’t know which way was up. My mom had just died and, as I have said before, I felt as though I had lost my direction – my North if you will. In the beginning, Faded + Blurred didn’t really have a direction beyond offering a way to promote our monthly photo walks, but it was something I could pour myself into both as a creative outlet and as a way to compartmentalize some of my grief. Five years and more than 1000 posts later, I think we’ve built a fantastic resource for those of you who are looking for more than simply discussions about which lens is sharper or which body has more megapixels. That said, it’s time for a new adventure and we’ve made the decision that Friday’s post will be the last one.

One of the things I’ve realized over the past five years of building F+B, particularly over the last year or so, is that I love having conversations – and not just about photography. It’s one of the reasons I love doing On Taking Pictures. Every Tuesday morning, I get to have a two hour conversation about creativity – the struggles, the successes and the process of making things – and I want more. I want to extend the conversation beyond photography and into art, design, writing, film, music and more with people who are in the business of making. It’s one of the reasons I started my new show Process Driven (new episodes are in the works, I promise). It’s also why, after a five year absence, I picked up my brushes again and began to paint. I’m ready to be a part of the stream, no longer merely commenting from the banks. I’m still working on fleshing out the map, but I think the big pieces are in place.

In the words of the late Steve Jobs, there is “just one more thing.” I want to thank you, each of you. Regardless of whether we’ve ever spoken in person or via Skype or exchanged emails. If you’ve ever listened to my voice or read something I’ve written, thank you. I hope you’ll come along for the ride – I think it’s going to be great.