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.