Ever feel like you’re running on autopilot? As if your brain has shut down and you’re not in the room? That’s kind of how I felt during the month of March.
I know that sounds bad.
It’s not because I wasn’t engaged, I just had so much happening. My three coworkers were either on vacation or traveling for work, so I picked up a lot of those assignments. Throw in some personal and work drama and I’m exhausted.
To keep life interesting I challenge myself to use manual focus lenses on assignment, like an old 600mm lens from the 80’s for sports assignments.
Despite pushing myself and trying new things it’s getting harder and harder to feel satisfied with myself. I’m so much better than this, right? Maybe it’s just an “artist” thing.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
Tennessee guard Admiral Schofield (5) dunks the ball at the buzzer to win the game 71-52 against Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
Tennessee guard Admiral Schofield (5) elbows Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) while going for a rebound.
Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) reaches for the ball during a game against Tennessee.
A ‘super worm equinox moon’ rises over downtown as seen from Fort Sanders in Knoxville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. The last supermoon of 2019 gets its name since it coincides with the spring equinox and folklore where it says as the frosty ground melts, earthworms begin emerging.
Cole Hoffman watches the ‘super worm equinox supermoon’ rise with a Celestron telescope he got for Christmas from the roof of his home on Laurel Ave.
Locked and Loaded, a Shevelle Persian, at 42nd annual Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Show at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
Bikini, owned by Beth Deal, the 11th best in the country for the obstacle course, runs the course at the 42nd annual Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Show.
Trance Map+ performs at The Bijou during Big Ears Festival 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, March 22, 2019.
Kukangendai performs at the Mill & Mine during Big Ears Festival 2019.
Bela Fleck & Edmar Castaneda perform at St. John’s Episcopal Church during Big Ears Festival.
Ian Chang performs at the Knoxville Museum of Art at Big Ears Festival 2019.
Fans listen as Serpentwithfeet performs at The Standard at Big Ears Festival 2019.
Oran MacBean spells a word at the News Sentinel Southern Appalachia Regional Spelling Bee at Alumni Memorial Hall in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
TJ Kemp and another contestant listen as another competitor spells a word at the News Sentinel Southern Appalachia Regional Spelling Bee.
First responders at the scene of a multiple vehicle pileup on I-75 northbound near the Callahan Drive exit in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The crash sent several to the hospital and backed up traffic to the I-640 interchange.
Governor Bill Lee speaks during his State of East Tennessee address at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Gov. Lee will give a similar State of West Tennessee address Thursday at the University of Memphis.
Eagleville’s Elizabeth Thompson (5) grabs the ball during a game between Eagleville and Midway at the TSSAA girls state tournament at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
Midway’s Caitlyn Ross (1) dribbles past Gibson County’s K.J. White (32) during a game between Midway and Gibson County at the TSSAA girls state tournament at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, March 8, 2019.
Oak Ridge’s Taliah Davis (5) shoots the ball as Science Hill’s Leila Greenlee (11) defends during a game between Oak Ridge and Science Hill at the TSSAA girls state tournament at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
Midway’s Caitlyn Ross (1) and Midway’s Rebecca Lemasters (3) celebrate their win over Eagleville with their coaches at the TSSAA girls state tournament at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
Midway’s Cassie Johnson (2) walks off the court after falling 75-61 to Gibson County at the TSSAA girls state tournament at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Friday, March 8, 2019.
Greg Bentley poses with his newly purchased 1968 Buick Wildcat which he plans to refurbish and paint maroon at the Pilot on Western and Middlebrook in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Bentley says he enjoys classic cars, owning a 1986 Chevrolet C-10 and a 1972 Plymouth Fury III, which is wife Annie drives. A dedicated Vol fan, Bentley also decorates his cars with Tennessee decals.
Dogs at the annual Mardi Growl in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
Jeff Banning, owner of Wood Carved Creations, uses a blowtorch to darken a bald eagle he carved atop a tree stump at a home on Washington Pike in East Knox County on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Banning has been following his passion for wood carving for two years and this was his third outdoor commissioned work. The homeowner hired Banning to carve a monument to honor military veterans and the many law enforcement officers that live in the area, as well as to surprise her boyfriend who will be returning from Fort Campbell later this month.
My neighbor and his late 60’s Buick Special.
Max Benson Calhoun attends his hearing in Monroe County Criminal Court in Madisonville, Tennessee on Monday, March 18, 2019. Calhoun is charged with first-degree murder in the 1973 killing of John Raymond Constant 46 years ago.
Quarterback Cade Chambers hands the ball off during a scrimmage at spring football practice at Maryville High School in Maryville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
Hairstylist Ailene Combs, owner of Cloud 9 Hair & Tanning Salon, hangs Easter decorations on the front window of her business on Main Street in Jefferson City, Tennessee on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. On a street where all storefronts are boarded up and abandoned, the salon is the only business remaining. A member of the zoning committee since 2010, Combs has been working to receive funding for the revitalization of downtown. “It will never be the same it once was,” Combs says, “It didn’t get into this shape overnight, and it’s going to take a lot of people working together.”
Me and my Fuji.