East Chicago based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes reflects on his favorite photos of 2012 and how he’s grown as a professional and as a person.
This past October, I found myself on the stage of a local theater, having a one-on-one production meeting with the director of a show I was lighting there. Set pieces, still in various stages of completion, became the walls of our impromptu meeting room. We canvassed the stage together and discussed specific lighting cues planned for different moments in the script.
The sweet smell of fresh paint hung heavy in the theatre and, perhaps, was partially responsible for our conversation eventually veering away from the particulars of the show and to those of our personal lives. As we discussed changes in both of our social landscapes that had recently occurred, the director looked me in the eyes and asked, “When did you realize that you’d grown up and become a man?” It didn’t take very long for me to respond, “This year.”
I know, I know – you’re probably scratching your heads wondering how a 30-year-old could not feel like a grown man. You see, until recently, other than the government saying I was an “adult” at age 18, I didn’t really have much else to qualify what it meant to feel like a “grown-up”. Even into my late twenties, I felt the same youthful energy I’d known for most of my teenage years. Working in industries surrounded by energetic and passionate actors, dancers, and other artists doesn’t hurt one’s sense of youth, either.
2012 brought with it a notable shift in my thoughts and feelings on life, however, along with new senses of maturity and responsibility. Changes in my personal relationships, growth and setbacks on the work front, and even the death of a friend’s pet I’d grown to love as my own all contributed to this paradigm shift, I’m sure. Besides, all of those things make for a much more logical-sounding explanation for feeling older than the errant grey hairs atop my head that now plague my view in the bathroom mirror. A big part of this increased feeling of maturity, however, occurred for me this year on the work front.
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