Deep Breath. Here We Go!

Blog Post Jan 02, 2020

Hello! My name is Jeff LaMarche. Welcome to my new blog.

If you know me from my old blog, or the books, articles, workshops, and conference presentations about software development that I've done over the years, well… this is not that.

This is something entirely different.

This is where I'll be posting photographs I've taken and where I'll be blogging my thoughts about all things photography-related. I'll also be writing a series of tutorials aimed at new photographers and sharing links, photographs, and other art that inspires or impresses me.

Just a fair warning: This blog—including this very post if you scroll down a little—will be mildly NSFW at times. Keep reading at your own risk.

That Was Then

I basically grew up in a photo studio.

My dad owned a photography business and his studio was right next door to our house. Because of that, I grew up with access to stuff that most people didn't, including a darkroom, a photo studio, and a wide array of professional photography and lighting equipment.

Understandably, photography played a significant role in my life growing up, through school, and for several years afterwards. But then, life got busy. I got married. My wife and I both started careers in tech. We had four kids in less than four years and we moved from one side of the country to the other multiple times.

Somewhere along the way, I pretty much stopped taking pictures other than occasional photos of family and friends.

About two years ago, I decided to get back into photography more seriously after roughly two decades away from it.

This is Now

Even though I've been taking pictures for a fair while now, I haven't talked much about it publicly. I haven't posted my work to my main Twitter account and have only recently started posting to an Instagram account, which I originally started under a pseudonym. I've only shared my photos with a select few of my real-life friends.

Why so secretive, you might ask? It's at least partially because I know not everyone is comfortable with my favorite and most frequent photographic subject: the nude.

I often take photographs like these:

I do take pictures of other things, of course…

…but, for me, the decision to get back into photography was largely driven by a fascination with the human body. It's a fascination I've had as long as I can remember, but I've always been a little embarrassed by it and mostly kept it hidden from the world.

I have unbounded admiration for the nude. I worship it like a god.
- August Rodin

The sculptor, Rodin, often expressed his affection for the human body in religious terms, and that phrasing has always resonated with me for some reason. I've never understood how a body can be sinful or wrong. I struggled with that idea growing up in a rural, conservative town, and I still struggle with it today. This planet has nearly eight billion bodies on it. We all have one. We've all seen them. Most of us enjoy seeing at least some of them.

And what's more,… our bodies are us. Saying there's something wrong with bodies is the same thing as saying there's something wrong with us.

But there isn't anything wrong with us.

I'd love to have you tag along on this little photographic journey of mine. You can subscribe to my RSS feed or just stop by when you feel like it. If you have a question you'd like me to answer, or a topic you'd like to see covered, feel free to let me know.