As the 2009 recession loomed, my work expectations ramped up, impacting my hobby time (and Nelsonfoto presence). After the recession basically forced early retirement, I did consulting for several years. Last year I acknowledged to myself that it was time to leave that rat race and get back to my old camera passion as my retirement specialty. My wife and I also moved to a small town deep in the Texas hill country (Mason, pop. ~2,200) where I have registered a personal business, Artes Lucidae (Bright Arts) Studio, under which I plan to make, exhibit, and sell photographs made uniquely with vintage film and cameras. Attached is one done for a recent crafts fair, made using a No. 4 Cartridge Kodak from around 1900 using Kodak 2430 Aerial Duplicating film which is appropriately slow and ortho in nature, but extremely fine grained, and a good match to the bitingly sharp resolution of a well-focused Rapid Rectilinear lens. Did you gather yet that I am having fun doing what I love, getting some local recognition, and an occasional commissioned sale? That's what I have been up to lately!
Hey, Bennie, my take on spare time is that it is a resource you can craft the way you wish. Someone once told me, "You can't steer a parked car." That reminder keeps me motivated to walk, read, shop, visit, even be a sole proprietor as a reason to keep my saw sharpened. Look up "file a DBA" as a low-barrier way to find some challenge and use for your hobby skills. One thing we as retirees have plenty of is experience that somebody else may be longing to learn from. Our satisfaction lies in finding ways to share it.
- Abandoned dreams, Mason, TX 2018