I was actually going to write a blog about lately editing older photos, the Phoblographer beat me to the punch. Check out the article they have great tips.
People who first decide to pick you up (photography) think its all sunflowers and daises. Besides being a father, you’re one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and I have accomplished so much with you as well. Yet, there’s so much more I need and want to learn. I find my self constantly thinking about you and wanting to grow and develop with you. You’ve been by my side since I was a boy, always there for those family vacations so I can look back on the memories. When I look back at those times I wish I would have taken you more seriously. I left you alone in the dark collecting dust, but later in life you helped me find my way out the dark. What can I say? You helped save my life during a dark time. I know there are many challenges ahead and I’m willing to face them to keep making beautiful art. I’m not the Picasso or DaVinci of my generation but that’s not what I’m after. We’re creating art for myself and whoever else wants to be captured by it. Keep helping me get to the next destination ahead. This is a letter to thank you for everything you have done for me thus far. There’s so much more I want to say but that can be written another day.
Photography is life
A change is in the air and I’m not talking about the seasons. I’ve thought about being the name and face of my brand for a long time. Kpryor came from a time when music was the center of my being. I lived, ate, and breathed music. It was a name that was given to me by a friend and a family member. The “K” stood for my name Keith, and “Pryor” came from the iconic Richard Pryor - people said I looked like him from the side. That’s how my music name was born. Anything I engineered, produced, and even rapped on was with the name Kpryor. I’ve been using that pen name for over a decade.
Some where along the way photography came back into my life and my focus started to shift away from music. Honestly, it wasn’t that hard for photography to become my main focus. I’m not a big fan of today’s music, some of it is still good but than the other 93% is just not pleasing. I don’t get that feeling I used to get when I would hear a new Nas track for the first time; the essence of Rhythm and Blues is labeled as Neo soul now (where did that even come from?); the thrill of going to the store and buying a CD because it’s an artist that you grew up listening to is no longer the same.
Music was no longer my mistress so I came to a fork in the road and that’s when I chose photography to be my career and my new passion to keep creating art. Yet some part of me still kept a grasp on Kpryor as a reminder of who I used to be and what I used to do. Life is funny like that - you grow up thinking you’re heading in one direction and it takes you completely somewhere else. I’ll never let go of what I accomplished when I used to make music, but thats no longer me. I’m no longer that 14 year hoping to own a record label or that 20 year old working all night in the studio. I’m heading in a new direction in life and I’m welcoming it with open arms. It’s time to let go of Kpryor and be Keith Reid the person I’m meant to be. From this day on Kpryor Vision will be called Keith Reid Photography.
Good Night/ Good Luck