“Just when I thought I was out…

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!“  Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, in the film The Godfather: Part III

For the last few years, besides my day job, I co-owned a small business. Had we operated in another state, I’m certain I could have retired from the day job.  But all we did was pay excessive taxes; spend an insane amount of time interpreting constantly changing state regulations, and live in constant state of anxiety wondering what state or federal fees we would get blindsided with.

By April, the People’s Republic of California won….we closed the business. Needless to say that I will never, ever own another business in this state, not even a lemonade stand. We would have fared better dealing with organized crime!

During this time, my photography was limited to family snapshots and I deferred any writing to the hundreds of thousands of blogs and websites that were using the internet as an effective communication tool.

Then came the tsunami of hate on January 20, 2017.

As one who understands American history, the change of administration didn’t bother me, but the level of undignified behavior is beyond disturbing. What is normal is abnormal, what is abnormal is normal. I’m back to call the abnormal what it is…just pure evil. 

Now comes a Word of Warning: For those readers on my private email list (the email comes from jtolbertjr@gmail.com) and those who are being contacted for the first time, this will be the only solicitation. Please go to my “About” page. If you want to continue getting email announcements of posts, please insert your e-mail address on the right side of this page where it says “Follow Blog via Email.” I’m phasing out the private email list. If you don’t want to use email, you can still view this blog at https://jtolbertjr.com/

Fellow bloggers and subscribers already getting email notifications…it’s ok to unsubscribe if you need to. I will feature some photography but it will no longer be centered on photography.

j tolbert jr

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A former event photographer, I became an early adopter of, advocate for, and then a digital camera addict. After half-a-million frames taken and thousands of dollars spent, I no longer stress over the camera brand or worry about the number of megapixels. I ignore the marketing of the camera manufacturers that promote technology over the eyes of the photographer. I’ve returned to simple film cameras with the understanding that one should not have to be a Ph.D. in physics to operate a camera. Photography doesn’t have to be complicated. Visualizing the moment and finding the light is more important. Just point, shoot, and preserve your memories, create your art. After 15 years of being an “unofficial” camera engineer for Nikon, Canon, Leica, Fuji, and Ricoh, I’m still on a journey of recovery. Along the way, I’ll share how I adapt to a more considered photographic practice that promotes a more contemplative way of life.