I LOVE daguerreotypes.
I love teaching people about daguerreotypes. I love making little leather daguerreotype cases, hand embossing velvet, and polishing brass mats that I’ve cut myself. I love the chemistry, the science, the polishing, the little purpose-built tools necessary to do the job. I LOVE that stuff! I love the places I’ve gone! I love the people I have met through this passion. Artists, scientists, students, and other passionate admirers of daguerreotypy.
But my life is changing. It would be easy to just tell you that “I’m too busy” which, while ineffably true, is an insufficient synopsis. I am growing to love other things. I have reached the realization after much painful soul-searching that I have spread myself too thin and something’s gotta’ give. I’m not quitting daguerreotypes but, instead, I’m going to give it a rest for a while. Hanging up my top hat, as it were.
I can only focus on a handful of things and rather than being the jack of all trades I have decided to focus on only a few. Chiefly, these are commercial photography, time-lapse videography, and Maker Faire / Maker Faire North Carolina. Most importantly I want to be with my family more. I want to enjoy and grow with my son while he is still young. I want to enjoy my wife, hear her stories, learn and grow together, and appreciate her even more.
It’s not easy to write this. It hasn’t been easy reducing the lure of the mirror from my life. I hope you understand and I hope that this little collection of run-on sentences and poor punctuation gives you pause to consider your own passions.