I have done it. I have officially joined the 21st century. While I have always been a fan of technology, I was never what you would consider an early adopter: I bought my first cell phone at 26 years old; I purchased a big-screen TV (okay, 37” – but that was big for me) in 2007 after I thought the HDTV wave had cooled down (I negotiated a $1,200 price tag for a product you could probably have for a few hundred today); and I finally joined Instagram in 2014 after hearing way too many “you’re not on Instagram?” comments that made me feel slightly inadequate (you can find and follow me here: @justharrington).
I have become very keen on camera technology since I started taking photography seriously in 2005 or so and have since spent a sum of money which I’d like to keep to myself. And over the last decade I have accumulated a fairly large library of photographs from professional and personal jobs. I have shared them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram but had never come around to creating a website. Recently I’ve been getting asked a lot more often for my business card. Well, since I didn’t have a website I didn’t think it made sense to create business cards. I was actually waiting until I had a website before ordering cards. So it was obvious what I needed to do. I needed – make that wanted – to create my own website. I wanted something where I could direct people who were interested in seeing my work.
I had already designed my logo when I sat down one weekend in early March to start the process. I bought a theme (step 1), purchased a hosting plan (step 2) and began to build my site (a very, very long step 3). Almost three months later I finally have my site up and running (hosting plan, don’t you let me down now). It’s not perfect but I consider it a work in progress. I imagine it will evolve as my photography and I both do.
Websites seem a dime a dozen these days, so for me to make a big deal about the announcement (couldn’t find my signature Steve Jobs black turtleneck for this one) would be silly – but it is a big deal to me. I love the art of photography and the ability to share it with you at justinharringtonphoto.com is exciting. And it seemed only proper to go live today as May 24th is my birthday. Please have a look around and let me know what you think – and if you need a business card, I can definitely get one of those for you!