Let The Dust Settle

Tearing down, re-building, finessing, and fine-tuning. That’s the typical cycle of renewal for an artist’s portfolio. It can be a laborious process.

A few weeks ago I started assembling a new body of work from scratch. My goal was to have 24 or 25 solid pieces that would work as a cohesive group with each piece also standing on its own.

There are hundreds of intangible factors that make this process so hard. Sometimes it feels like rowing a boat with the anchor still on the bottom. When the end comes there’s cause for celebration, unless you’re not really finished.

Five days ago I was about to declare victory with my latest portfolio of 32 pictures. I remembered that it’s best to give projects like this a little time for the dust to settle.

There was still something about the new portfolio that made it feel incomplete. Today I figured it out. It needed this portrait from Honolulu.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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