My marigold bud waiting to open after a rainstorm, Matt Lara, 2019
I know I’m not the only freelance artist who experiences the slump at the start of a new year. The end of the previous year is like a mad dash to the finish line—deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. Then it’s just about nothing for January and February. I could crawl out of my skin during this time, not that I don’t have plenty to do. Here in LA the rain has been coming down and the weather not so great. The days are short and I feel like I can’t get anything done. Then March comes in I start counting down the days until we get those extra hours of daylight back. (Why do we ever give them up to begin with?) The rain still pours, but I find I have that extra bit of stamina to get through the end of each week. And with the extra daylight, I find myself pulling out these cameras I’m lucky to shoot with.