SHANNON REED PORTRAIT

New Website Platform & Stuff

Shannon Reed

I've been working with this new platform since Tuesday of last week; I really like it, but am still massaging my way through the finer bits.  I always like to throw a little note on the blog when I've made changes in the event that someone catches an error or there are issues navigating the site (productive feedback is always welcome).  This particular platform is designed to work optimally with the latest versions of everything (browsers, iPads, iPhones, etc.) - so, if it doesn't quite look or work right, that might be why.  

One of the last things I needed to do was to do a blog post.  So - here we are.  It's likely that I'll have to get used to a new version of uniformity - which, as you may or may not know, a lot of Virgos tend to require. 

As for the "stuff" part...  This summer has been strange - I don't know how else to put it.  It's been exceedingly hot and dry here in Colorado with the temperatures mercilessly hovering around 100 degrees for weeks.  At one point, between the High Park fire in Fort Collins and the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, it seemed as though half the state was being ravaged by fire.  Tens of thousands of people and animals displaced (including my brother and his family) and many left homeless.   

We had a death in the family this week which has left us marinating in deeper thoughts as we ponder our own mortality (this is wont to happen, of course, when death visits too close to home).  Wrestling demons - we all have our own demons, I suppose, but some of us seem to have much nastier ones with which to contend. What really sucks is that, in spite of the love and support of our friends and family, we have only ourselves and whatever strength we can conjure to do battle.

Three days ago, 12 people were killed and 60 more injured in the massacre at the "Dark Knight Rises" midnight showing in Aurora.  This would have been a horrific event if someone had just acted in the heat of the moment, but this young man was meticulous in thought and deed acting, no doubt, after months of careful planning.  It's never a good thing when someone's personal demons manifest outwardly and at the expense of others.  You know, it's a lot easier to act with kindness and compassion than it is to go the trouble of being evil.  Seriously - why can't people just chill the f*ck out.

So, anyway, I think we Coloradans are a weary bunch and, like many others, I'm feeling the heaviness of it and looking toward a turning of the page or a change of season to ease us past this part.

As for the documentary... I have about 35 hours of footage to sift through so that we can begin editing and putting the trailer together.  We've accomplished so much, and yet, there's ten times as much left to do.  We'll get there - we will definitely get there; the journey is the thing right now - for each of us.

I'm taking pictures again and that makes me exceedingly happy.  It was good to take a break, set it all aside for awhile - but I've been feeling that desire building again and that's a wonderful place from which to work; I'm really enjoying this evolution and look forward to seeing what comes of it.

I think we're all going through a change - a universal metamorphosis, if you will.  Everything feels very tight and uncomfortable in the world right now and it may even get worse before it gets better, but I believe there's something wonderful on the horizon.