I first picked up a camera in any sort of serious way about twenty years ago when I signed up for a photography class at the local community college. I had just finished an undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of North Texas and wasn't sure what to do next. I couldn't get enough of the dark room. Digital photography was still a novelty. Not long after that my first child was born and my camera took on a more utilitarian role in my life as a stay at home dad. My oldest graduates high school next year. Before long our house will be mostly empty again. I've been thinking a lot of what comes next. I've been going through old work, combing through images I captured with pocket cameras and my smart phone in between shots of my kids and trying to find a digital camera that feels as natural to me as my film cameras did. Mostly I've been trying to decide where this compulsion to make photos comes from. What's the point.? Is there a point? I've mostly kept my photos to myself. I've answered some "calls for entries" and had some success with that but didn't gain much traction from it. I feel like I need to find some direction.... some understanding of why I need these photos if they are to have a purpose beyond myself. Thanks for taking the time to look.