Light and Shadow

I need your help.  I put my heart and soul into my photography, and into this photo blog, but I can't do it alone.

Let's talk about this photo.  I love this photo.  I was visiting the deYoung museum with some friends, and I spotted this tall window that allowed passersby to look over the courtyard.  And then a member of the security staff stood in the window.  Perfect.  *click*.

This photo is a story of contrasts.  The angles and corners and straight lines of the top, against the dark tones and organic curves below.  The window breaks the broad, smooth expanse of gentle gradient in a way that draws the eye straight to it.  But in the lower half, your eye is free to wander from detail to detail to detail.

This is where you come in.  It was with the help of my supporters, particularly via Patreon, that I was able to afford the Fuji X-T1 camera which made this photo possible.  If you love the photos I take, the stories I share, and my dedication to high quality publication, I would sincerely appreciate if you could take the time to support me on Patreon.  That means that you would pledge some amount per blog post, with an easy-to-configure monthly cap, and I would earn that money by continuing to produce and share the high-quality content that you've already seen right here.

At the most basic level, your support will help convince me that my work has value, and that I'm on the right path.  Sometimes I have doubts, just like any other creative person, and it means so much to me to have that affirmation.  Beyond that, your support will help me shuffle the priorities in my life so that I can publish more regularly, and try more audacious experiments (blog R&D, if you will).

If now is not the time, that's absolutely okay.  I will still continue to put everything I can into my photography, and into this blog.  But priorities are priorities, and sometimes, the blog doesn't come first.  If you ever have a change of heart, maybe after a particularly amazing post, there's a convenient red link at the top-right of every page.  Just click that, and you'll be able to help me take this blog to the next level.

Sincerest thanks, to my current Patreon supporters, and to everyone else who reads or follows this blog,
--Omari Stephens



Hey, it's me! I’ve been a documentary photographer for 17 yrs, software engineer for even longer, and plenty of other things in between.