About Me

Several years ago I used to take pictures for a living.
When I think about that statement, I find it quite amazing.
I actually got paid…

…to take pictures.

My first gig was decades ago. I was a reporter in the military and was trained to use a camera so we could take our own supporting photos. After eight years of service, I became a freelance photojournalist for my local paper and did that for a several years.  For the most part, that was a part-time job although there was a seven month span where I did that full-time. Wow, was that rough.

So I drifted back to part-time shooting and in time, even began to decline assignments to the point of fading away from the paper altogether.  The main reason is because I was working at a “real” job (the quotes are my way of adding a tone of sarcasm to that word) and being an every-other-weekend/Wednesday-night daddy to my daughter made it really difficult.  Although I wasn’t shooting for the paper, in my off time I was still taking pictures… only now I fancied myself an arteeest.  : )

I liked shooting street photography, and creating images that had a human element or were photojournalistic in its style. So I was attempting photographic art, shooting film, developing my prints and believe it or not exhibited a series or two of images a couple of times. I rarely got paid for those pictures although I did sell a few prints so I guess that counts.

In all three instances where I was making a living or making ends meet with photography, I met people. I met a LOT of people and not just “hi, how are you doing?” but in ways where for 30 minutes to an hour and on rare occasions… half the day, I was asking questions that led to conversations that had that individual or individuals disclosing some pretty intimate details about themselves. It was amazing! It was… I don’t know how to describe it… spiritual? to connect with people on such a personal level. And all because I was a photographer.

But like I said that was several years ago… so long ago that it almost feels as if in a past life.

Between that time and now, for various reasons I sold most of my gear or traded it. And my workhorse that I used during my time with the paper (a Nikon D100 that I bought in 2002), I submerged into the Pedernales River for all of one second when I slipped into the river for just a moment. So with that, I was pretty much done with photography except for the errant snapshot with my cellphone.

[sigh]

 

hands on scooterSo for Christmas (and my birthday, Valentine’s Day and my wedding anniversary) I received a camera from my beautiful, wonderful, amazing wife! And after three months of staring at it I thought maybe I should use it for something other than a paper weight. Here’s one I took recently. Not bad for a middle-aged guy who hasn’t worked a camera in what feels like ages.

But this isn’t really a photography blog. I’m sure there are a ton of people running photo blogs who are way more skilled than me with their camera. How did these things get so many damn buttons anyway??? : )

So no, this isn’t really a photo blog. It’s really more of just a personal blog. I’ve had one before but I think I lost focus. And my name isn’t really Sue. It’s an anagram of my old blog so that’s why the title. I thought I’d retain at least a little of it. But the reason I told my history with a camera is to set up the fact that I really enjoyed meeting people and finding out about them and learning and just being…

… being connected.

So this blog is an attempt to be connected to my fellow human beings. My posts will mostly just be my take on the world, things that are important to me.  I also hope to now and again add a supporting photo or two…. kinda like I did in a past life.

Thanks for stopping by.
A Boy Named Sue

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24 thoughts on “About Me

    • a Boy Named Sue says:

      I have one post written besides my about page. Click on the blog title to the left and it will take you there.

      [aBoyNamedSue walks away mumbling, “God, I really need to fix the layout on this thing here soon.”]

  1. a Boy Named Sue says:

    Thank you for the comments everyone. Really, thank you very much.

    Anawnimiss and WonderousWord…
    I have no idea where that like button is. I am really struggling with this wordpress thing and this theme. I really like the theme and almost have it tweaked the way I want it but I feel like I’m driving with an opaque veil over my eyes trying to figure this out. Hopefully in time.

    Thanks again for swinging by here.

  2. So how many people think of the Johnny Cash song when they stop by here? I did. It is such a good song. I got your blog from the building community thing on the Daily Post. You said you were new so I stopped by. I am fairly new myself. I started in January. Still building my audience too…happy blogging!

  3. I like honest blogs, this is definitely one of them. P.S I nominated you for a Liebster Award, here are the rules, and the link to my nomination…

    http://lauragabriellefeasey.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/the-liebster/

    These are the rules:
    The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:
    The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them.
    Provide 11 facts about yourself.
    Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
    Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

  4. After reading this post, I got a little ahead of myself and I clicked one of the blogs you were following and in my enthusiasm got confused. I thought I was reading you but hey, I’m not complaining because I found someone else that was interesting and started following them too. You commented on my post on the blog assignment and because of that I found you. I wonder about the initial photographs you must have taken. I wonder about that journey and I am sure I will find some food for thought here. You write in a real and intimate way and I like it.

    • a Boy Named Sue says:

      Thanks for the comment and the follow Jules. And thank you for giving me an idea about what to write for our Blogging U. 101, Day Nine assignment.
      I’m going to see if I can dig up some of those old pics of mine and talk about them a little.

  5. Hi thanks for stopping by my part of the world and your compliment on my photography, thst really has given me encouragement. Im still finding my feet here in the blogging world. I love your writing style and it leaves me wanting to know more especially your photojournalism. I know you didn’t want this to be a photo blog but i can’t help hoping we will see some more of your previous work. I envy the photojournalists keen eye and interaction with people. Landscapes don’t require much talking before a shot and thats great for me but then Im missing some great stories from people and the interaction. Looking forward to your next post….no pressure! 🙂

    • a Boy Named Sue says:

      😀 No pressure huh.
      So my neighborhood is having a giant garage sale tomorrow. A bunch of the residents are dragging stuff they don’t want or need into their driveway to sell to unsuspecting victims… errr um, friendly buyers.

      Well while I was digging through stuff in my garage to try and sell, I found a bunch of the prints (maybe all of them) from a series I exhibited called The Citizens.

      I’ll try to get them posted soon for you.

  6. Congrats, you’re one of my selections for the Liebster Award! (I see I wasn’t the only one, you must be doing something right!) If you choose to accept the nomination follow this link back to my blog post.

    http://umadyet.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/liebster-award/

    I know some view this as a “chain letter” (especially since this is your 4th nomination. lol) I think it’s an awesome way to share more about ourselves and learn about new blogs. Either way congrats and happy bloggin’!

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