Where Do We Go From Here?

Last week, we made a pretty major announcement regarding the future of Faded + Blurred. Now that I’ve had a week to let the whole thing soak in, I wanted to provide a little more context on why and what it actually means moving forward. Before that, however, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to write in. We received dozens of emails, tweets, G+ messages and texts offering thoughts on what F+B has meant over the past several years and for that I can’t thank you enough. An overwhelming number of you also wrote in asking us not to take F+B down at year’s end, as I alluded to on last week’s episode of On Taking Pictures, which I wanted to take the time to address.

First off, all existing articles and content on fadedandblurred.com will remain accessible for the foreseeable future. I’m not sure what that means in terms of a concrete timeline, nor am I trying to be purposefully cryptic. What I do know is that we’ve put a ton of time and energy into researching and writing and have been reminded that those efforts have value, so we aren’t quite ready to hit the delete button just yet.

So what does all of this mean moving forward? The short answer is I’m building something new. It’s a new project that will retain the same ethos and tone of Faded + Blurred across a much broader range of genres. While F+B has allowed me to rediscover what I have loved about photography since high school – and I have no plans to abandon it – photography has never been my only creative interest or outlet. There’s a terrific quote by Jay Maisel that you may or may not have heard. When asked “How do I become a more interesting photographer?” Jay responded simply, “Become a more interesting person.” Part of what that means is opening yourself up to a variety of influences and experiences. For me, it means expanding both who and what I write about into areas beyond photography into art, design, writing, theater, dance, etc. Not just the visual arts, but the arts as a whole.

This new project is not so much a drastic change in scope as it is a natural evolution. I’ll continue to write about the work that interests and inspires me as well as have conversations with the makers behind it. I’ll also be asking for your help, not only as potential collaborators, but also to provide suggestions of who and what you find inspiring.

Follow me on Twitter @jefferysaddoris to stay current, or keep an eye on the Faded+Blurred Facebook page. I wish I could tell you exactly when it will be ready to see, but there are a lot of balls in the air. I’ll try to post weekly progress reports to let you know where it’s at. I’m very excited about it and hope you’ll join me on the next leg of the journey.

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