Saturday, July 9, 2011

Day 366

"What a long, strange trip it's been..."

Yep, I made it. It's one year today since the air hit my brain. It has been a circuitous and unpredictable road, but I am learning how to negotiate it. Most of the time. Not too much has changed since my posting in April. Still dealing with some anxiety issues, still working on it with Dr Z and Carol and still making photographs. Last night I decided to have Carol buzz my head in honor of the one-year mark. I didn't go for the full shave-down because it's just too much hassle. I wanted to see my scar again and having this short, short hair feels good!

Me by Sarah
In May I made this photograph to represent the portion of my skull that was removed during my craniotomy:

It's What's on the Inside That Counts

Recently I've gotten into making time lapse videos. I'm still figuring it out, but we decided to have a little fun with my haircut:

I've recently done a little traveling for the first time in a year. In early June I gave a talk about my work to The Photo Alliance in San Francisco.

In mid-June I spent a few days in Olympia, WA attending a seminar for my day job. The Northwest is so beautiful. I could live there some day...

Towards the end of June I went to Montana to teach a workshop at the Photographer's Formulary. Sarah came along as my assistant and Carol joined us mid-week. Following the workshop we spent a long weekend with good friends Besty and Michael in Missoula. If you've not been there, Missoula is a pretty cool town!

 An Hour in the Darkroom

Carol, Me, Michael, Sarah and Betsy

Every Time I Go to Montana, I Get More Attached

Under the Big Sky

World's Best Darkroom Assistant

The View from Our Room at The Formulary

Here are few more new photographs since my last posting:

Thursday was Carol's Birthday
Happy Birthday My Love!

Ravinder and Tony
Tony can COOK!
Long Exposure from Our Deck

Long Exposure from Our Deck

Long Exposure - American River

Tomorrow Gayle turns 21. It's hard to believe because in my heart I still feel 25 (although not in my arthritic hip). Happy birthday, Gayle, and bon voyage. You make me a proud papa!

My Little Girl
 Always looking forward to what the future will bring:


  1. You have handled the past year with incredible grace and honesty.

  2. What Bob said and I like your short "do". It looks great on you.

  3. I am so very pleased that this has turned out as well as it has. We all value your presence among us.

  4. Thanks for the update, it's obvious that you have travelled a hard and rocky road and that you have emerged stronger and as vital as ever.
    Please keep us posted.


    We'd love see you all, at our new place in Pacifica.

  5. P.S. LOVE the pictures!! And the time-lapse video's are very cool! -D

  6. The twists and turns of your trauma have made you a better man. I can see it in your work, sense it in your relationships, and smell it in your future. Thank you for blogging and giving me insight to your soul. I am honored to know you in this small way. Love, Debbie (cousin-in-law)

  7. P.S.S. I was happy to read about your Montana trip... even tho I wasn't there to enjoy it with you. I miss the big sky and love the photos!!! -D

  8. It's been heartening, uplifting & a privilege to have been part of your progressive "journey back." I much appreciate the honest & reflective sharing from your perspective, and I've admired your courageous determination & commitment as you've re-gained your mental, emotional and physical strength. You deserve one helluva "attaboy," Kerik!
    I am also deeply moved by the strength and love consistently shown by your gals C,G & S; they have been with you all the way and are truly a blessing and an inspiration as well!
    Let's all do Mints again sooner than later! xo CB

  9. Congrats on getting through the year with so much aplomb. I was going to use the word 'grace' but I woke up this morning feeling like I needed to use the word 'aplomb', so that's what you get.

    Getting through all the inevitable head-stuff after something like this is not easy. It's great you have your artistic 'Mo' back

  10. aplomb is a good word, plumbed is also a good word too. All in all there are lots of good things found on this page. A moment in time that reflects past events and the uncertainty that will come.

  11. Kerik you are a gem!

  12. Kerik, the time lapse haircut was great...sides still hurting. You shared a part of your life that would scare most of us, anixety no doubt it has been a strange trip. Showed us that grace and fear and Carol and the girls showed us angels do walk among us...your a lucky man.

  13. Thank you, kind people. Having each of you in my corner means a lot to me.