2022 Was Pretty Good

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

There’s been so much that’s happened in 2022 that I’ve not realized passed by me. My goal was to find a new job and luckily I was able to meet that goal late November. But as I start to think about the things I’ve done I think it would be nice to start unpacking have it be realized.

I was able to photograph a bit this year and considering the amount of work I’m processing (I’m still scanning images to this day) getting to be commissioned to photograph clients was a nice change of pace. It set the stage of how good my approach was from all the grinding I do. It also tested the fact that I can photograph a whole event with one camera and one lens. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it helps keep the rhythm and consistency of images for me. Here are the images that I took this year.

Wedding with Greg and Felicia

This was my first wedding in a long time and coordinating everything photographically wasn’t something I was expecting to do. I managed to do it and got some pretty interesting snaps in the process. The behind the scenes was the best part of the project. It let me know how vulnerable the process can be.


Roarie and I made a song and photo project together this year. This was easily my favorite collabs that hasn’t been released yet. Sure enough these images and song should make its way to the universe. Until then more to come.


There were a couple more photoshoots along the way that I did, but I’m just too lazy to post up lol. But this year was certainly busy as a photographer and as a composer. For the last 6 months or so I’ve been doing my best to write and record songs that are in preparation for next year. I’ve been motivated to create stuff just to create it and most of it really looks like a release to me. I'm having a lot of fun with it and just stoked on releasing this stuff soon.

I think there will be a shift in the process of recording records from here on out considering the fact that the tape approach has been something I’ve been down for these last few months. I noticed a lot of my ideas were coming off organic and realized. Not to say it didn’t have that while recording on my DAW, but I’m getting interested in doing projects a different way these days. The DAW may be the aspect of collabs, but the personal recordings will be focused on the tapes.

Cassette tape recording has to be one of the weirdest approaches of recording I’ve ever done and I think this approach is really stupid in most ways. However, the organic nature of my recording process really shines through and it’s given me the love that I needed. Of course the computer will help put things together and master the records for the most part, but it’s been awesome going to a project with the expectation of it having some failures and reroutes.

I have a couple of things I’m going to release. Some of them will be deployed to Bandcamp and streaming platforms while others are going to stay in Bandcamp and Instagram. The approach is to showcase more work I’ve been keeping for awhile. On top of that I want to start looking into tangible releases. I need to realize that my work needs to be seen and heard. I need to understand that my work needs to be held and maybe even hung up on a wall in a home.

Until then I'm going to keep working on these projects. I'll be reporting here more since people are wanting to check out blogs again I guess lol. Whatever. I think my place here has been a great haven for ideas and just having conversations. It's been fun.

- (_ab)