Even before Stephen Milano Photography and BunkhouseTales, there was the “sabbatical”. I initially left Wall Street for a long dreamed of “sabbatical”—to explore; take stock. I wanted to find a “second act” that enriched the spirit and not just the wallet and that connected with people. Not surprisingly, photography emerged as the right way to go.
“I Took The Road Less Traveled, Now Where Am I?”
During that time, I spotted a bumper sticker with that question. There certainly were days that I wondered – where am I heading now? After nearly 30 years on Wall Street, I had decided, “it was time”.
For over thirty-five years photography had been part of my life. Initially my passion for photography centered on capturing compelling landscape images. I loved photographing beautiful places and sharing images with others to inspire them to get outdoors!
So, hobby to passion to “second act”. The journey the last few years took me a long way from the urban canyons of New York and continued to wind down a road that isn’t always clear to me-but “it’s about the journey” as the wise men say!
To document the early stage of this chapter, I teamed up with Picturia Press and self published a Photo Essay – Dreams Unfolding: A Creative Transition – A Photo Essay
It’s a riff on the Anne Cameron quote in the Artists Way – “Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. ” – Julia Cameron
From the book –
My passion for photography initially began with landscape and wildlife. It never ceased to amaze me how many beautiful places were out there. Photography, among other things, became a means to “slow down”; an excuse to get away; to “see” the world and all its beauty that we typically miss when we’re so busy; to recapture the spiritual energy that nature gives to many of us.
Photography also inspired many journeys—I’ve hiked three miles in the dark to reach Emerald Lake and then waited for the wind to die so I could capture a reflection on still water. I’ve put on waders and trekked miles along a riverbed in Zion National Park into a canyon whose steep sides were “painted” in brilliant orange as well as bathed in purple shadows. And, there were other journeys; so many beautiful places-Death Valley, Bryce Canyon, Acadia, Big Bend, Monument Valley and so many more. Some of the images from those journeys can be found here.
Many thanks to Suzzanne Connally at Picturia Press Book Designs for her outstanding design work on the book – from her site – Stephen Milano spent thirty years on Wall Street trying to strike a balance between his left and right brain mindset. He notes in his bio that photography is a “whole brain” mentality. He took a sabbatical from the business world to explore and take stock of his life and enjoy his passion for photography. This truly shows in his beautiful and precise imagery in this 40 page coffee table book we designed for him. We look forward to working with him again on his next book.
If you too want to design a wonderful book I recommend Suzzanne and Picturia Press