Year noun: a cycle in the Gregorian calendar of 365 or 366 days divided into 12 months beginning with January and ending with December
How do you measure a year? I make at least one photograph a day to measure a year; often I make more than one. When I look back on the images, I replay the day in my mind’s eye, comparing my memories to the captured reality. Sometimes I recall the day correctly, other times my recollections prove to be less than perfect.
Chronological Order began because I wanted to see if I had the discipline to make a self-portrait every day for a year. I was somewhat successful though I did miss a few days here and there. Once I began the project, I continued to make a self-portrait every day, for these past twenty years.
I am often asked why I have persevered. Am I a narcissist? Is it just a habit? What is the point? Ultimately, it is a personal commitment to following through while also following the intriguing narrative of my own life through images.
I have considered a number of things over the life of this project. Should I try to make images that are unique? Or is it important to seek consistency? Should I be in every image? Does the environment in which I exist play an equally important role? What role do the people in my life play? Are they actors, on stage when the script calls for them, or are they active participants in rewriting my narrative? Are my choices of what to shoot or not shoot an attempt to manipulate the viewer? Or is it simply a matter of what I value at that moment?
Routines, circumstances, locations, friends and family are captured within these images. The end of the piece has not been written. The catalyst to continue is to see how the life in pictures resolves into either a legacy or a footnote. I invite you to walk, run or scan the years and answer some of the questions that I ask myself.