A Bit of Background
I am something of a compulsive creator, and this has manifested over the years in a variety of formats, though the medium itself is largely unimportant. Rather, the act of creating something is what drives me. In this adventure, I have tried my hand at several art forms, discovering new passions, and defining previously unknown limitations.
By way of example, in 2004 I had a brief dance with 3D modeling. I found that I enjoyed lighting and scenery, but didn’t much care for the modeling of objects or characters. I turned out a few pieces that I felt were good at the time, though reviewing them years later, I am less impressed now than I was then. I present them here for posterity, if nothing else.
An artistic path that continues to captivate me is photography, especially interaction with light. So far as I can tell, light is the most fickle element of photography, yet one of the most critical. The perfect conditions for a given photograph may only exist for the briefest moment, and that isn’t always when I’m ready for it.
At this point, I feel confident that my work is fit for consumption by others. It is my hope that these creations stir something in you, that they move you to share them, speak of them, or gaze upon them fondly. If my imagery does not evoke such things in you… I’ll be mildly disappointed, but that’s about it.
I create to serve my own needs. That you may enjoy these things is but a happy byproduct of the process.
More than any other form of artistic expression, computer programming has always called to me. If I may deviate from traditional rhetoric, software engineering is a very spiritual process, being will made manifest. The taking of a thought, a concept, a mere wisp of an idea, and giving it form… making it real.
Consider that with carefully chosen words drawn from a lexicon of arcane dialects, we (as programmers) manipulate the flow of electrons to create complex results. Though modern languages make this process much less direct than in ages past, the fundamentals are no less significant.
Writing software is the closest thing to modern wizardry.
The written word is a potent thing, and the capacity to wield it appropriately appears to be declining. It is my fervent hope that I may serve to stave off this decay… and that is, in part, the purpose of this site.
At times, it seems like many authors sacrifice quality of writing in the name of accessibility, and appealing to a “wider audience”. True, there are notable exceptions to this claim, but they are just that: exceptions.
We can both agree that I have a stronger command of language than some.1 You, dear reader, are quite likely among the more literate of society. Were you not, I find it unlikely that you would wade through the sea of prose I set before you.
By writing to the best of my ability, I pay you the respect you deserve for keeping literacy alive.
At least, that’s how I see it.
- While prideful, I do not believe this statement is inaccurate. [↩]