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I Don't Know How to Start a Blog. I'll Start a Blog.

I suppose a riff on one of Samuel Beckett's most famous lines is as good a place as any to start this blog.

Why Beckett? That craggy face, those intense eyes. I love to take photographs of people and textures, and in Beckett's face the two come together in a spectacular way.

A simple portrait of Beckett was one of the first photographs to really stop me in my tracks. I look at pictures of that face and I get a vicarious rush thinking of how it must have felt to take his portrait.

There are other connections, I suppose. Irishness. Love of theatre. Living in Europe. Nobel Prizes. Wait did I not win one of those? OK. But I did win Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006, which is almost as good.

I don't really know yet what I'll be using this blog for. Possibly as a kind of notepad where I think out loud and try to learn from and about projects that I'm involved in. Probably telling my own story and trying to understand how it shapes my interests as a photographer. Maybe the occasional off-topic post. Whatever else, I just want to keep going with it.

For now, and I guess as sort of a mission statement for the blog, I'll end with an even more famous Beckett quote:

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

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