This year has been tumultuous to say the least. Aside from my career (in teaching) being overwhelming, social changes, and taking it upon myself to find a route to happiness I have to force art. This push is not in the sense of "I-don't-want-to-do-it!" but more so in the relative perspective of time. I forget many things nowadays because I am encumbered with tasks and orders and none of them (to me) seem important. I haven't written a decent poem in ages and I miss seeing pages but when there is time there will be a way.
Anyways, I came home from a typical (long) day of work and I had an itch to do something creative. Work has been my vacuum for creative thoughts but I was not going to let that stand in the way. So instead of grading papers, planning, responding to emails, or doing things I have routinely hated to do...I set up my Elinchrom lights... well, light. I used my 400 w/s light and set it about 6'4" off the ground on the side of my bed. I created my own diffuser by cutting heavy duty window screens and placing them over the shroud for the monolight. I used wireless triggers to activate my shutter and monolight without having to use a timer.
After about 40 minutes of set up, now I had to focus my face...easier said than done.
Then I had to like what I saw through my lens. This can be problematic because in my earlier years before "Selfie" was deemed a term I took countless vanity photos, but now I am reluctant to see myself within a frame. So to make things easier I tethered my Macbook to the set up in order to seem quick results without losing position (and focus) of my face, and make minor adjustments and shifts versus, shoot and evaluate, then shoot and evaluate...and ugh!
Well the end result was pleasing and I used a quick black and white conversion that tweaked minor red and orange settings.