A new beginning…

Llamadas 2011 in Isla de Flores.  Montevideo, Uruguay, A nostalgic 50-year old Phillips transistor radio sits in his throne in the streets of Montevideo, remembering the day it broadcasted the man landing on the moon. (Martin Herrera Soler)

Photo: A nostalgic 50-year old Phillips transistor radio sits in his throne in the streets of Montevideo, remembering the day it broadcasted the man landing on the moon.

As I reflect back on my life, it is clearly divided in very distinguishable periods, usually marked by geographical relocations (of which I had many).  Today it’s the beginning of a new phase, but this time not marked by a move to a foreign country, but rather by the search of uncharted territories in my life.

Today is, at least for the foreseeable future, my last day in the corporate world, and for that matter, my last day in the technology industry.  After so many years of deep immersion in these two worlds, it feel uncomfortable to be writing this.  A part of me, the one in charge of delivering on my commitments it’s uneasy and agitated.  It’s yelling inside ‘don’t over commit – what if you cannot keep your word?’.

So to be fair, I don’t know if I’ll continue to work for this industry.  What I do know though, is that my intention is to do a full move into the world of the visual arts.  If this past month’s experience is any indication, the road ahead looks entertaining and exiting, and for sure there is much to be learned.

At this moment in my life (a bit over forty), it feels both strange and fascinating ‘to start over’.  In a universe led by the other half of the brain, I find myself often lost, and most of my daily life it’s driven by the unknown, totally out of my comfort zone.  But hey, that’s the adventure!

There are many projects… many ideas; more than a twenty-four hour day is capable of handling.  I am often tempted to bring all my organizational and planning skills to the play and let them take over, but I am also reminded that I am after a different experience, so I am flowing in a delicate balance between them.

For the time being, I can tell you that we are full blown with the ramp-up of Latitude 34 South.  I envisioned the idea of bringing photographers to Uruguay when I was still living in California.  I was looking for a way to extend the US photographic community into my ‘new home territory’, Uruguay.  We had our first group in early 2010 and was a blasting success.  Now we are launching our site and getting ready for a fuller itinerary in the months to come.  Check us out and give us feedback.  If you have ideas on nice, remote and off the beaten path places in the South of South America (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) that are worth photographing, don’t hesitate to send them our way.

That’s all for the time being… more news to come, hopefully soon! 🙂