This year has been the constant struggle between paying bills and creating art. This is the reality for creative people and I'm feeling it really heavily this year. Just when you think you've found a balance, something throws a rock on the ground for you to trip on. I've always been fortunate to have that voice inside that tells me to get back up and keep pushing forward...maybe I got that from skateboarding?
This is a new vibe, direction, and effort that I feel is a representation of eight years of shooting, failing, and learning. I'm simply a different person now and have different styles and likings. This direction is all being captured on film because I feel it better represents my vision. The actual film quality yes, but even more the experience of slowing down and choosing a moment that speaks to who I am as a person.
I hope to make a lot more this year - here's to hoping that things stop getting in my way!
Is anyone there? Hello? Yeah, I didn't think so....oh wait...did I hear someone sneeze? Hi there! I have been pretty bad about posting and have been admittedly absent and caught up in my own web of life. You would think as you get older, you'd have more things figured out, be happier, have things under control, and on some kind of trajectory or path...but man it just isn't the case - with me at least. This has certainly been the weirdest and toughest year in a long time for so many reasons - which I won't talk about here. At any rate, the one thing that I always seem to come back to time and time again is my love for music. It's the only thing that exists in this world that can immediately take me out of any mood or mind set that I'm in and transport me so gracefully to the next, whatever that mood may be. It can pick you up if you're down, it can get you serious and contemplative in a flash, hell it can even convince you that everything is going to be just fine even when you're not so sure it will be. I'm in the middle of watching a great Les Paul documentary called "Chasing Sound" while I type this out...He was such an innovator and thankfully one of the most curious and determined individuals to ever live. I'm grateful for Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Daune Eddy, The Ventures, Dick Dale, and any other true innovator in music. Music always reminds me to follow my dreams, my heart, and especially my gut. To be a musician is to put all of your vulnerabilities out there for the public to see and judge. That's when you really start to grow a thick skin but also blossom into something completely beautiful and unexpected. So this year especially, I've been trying to commit all of my extra time - which there is never enough of - to shooting with more film. I'm rebuilding my portfolio and using what I've learned in the many facets of the industry to create work that speaks to my heart. In writing this to put out into the world, I'm coming back full circle to Les Paul and hoping that I can remember to work very hard to innovate, be curious, and stay determined.
If you're still checking in periodically on this site, I can't thank you enough. I've started a Facebook photography page which you can follow here: Jamie Goodsell Photography, and I also have a new Instagram account for all of my new work which I would love if you could follow it here: @jamiegoodsellportraits - tell all of your friends to give me a follow too. Thanks for being patient with me and I really can't wait to share as much work as possible with the world this year. Now I'm going to listen to "How High The Moon" at least five times.
"If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting."
This is the first full length studio album cover I've shot for Third Man Records and I couldn't be more proud to share it with you! Mr. Jukebox comes out April 20 - Here's a link to the press release: Joshua Hedley's Debut Album Mr. Jukebox
"When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact...that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to his scientific and technological abundance; We've learned to fly the air like birds, we've learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven't learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters..."