I shot this on Halloween night of the year 2003. I was driving cross-country from L.A. to Philadelphia and just happened to stay the night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I came across these... gentlemen. People who dress this way want to be noticed, so I obliged them with a photograph. A few moments later they ran howling into the night--perhaps in search of more blankets.
Now that the weather is getting colder and the sun sits lower in the sky, I find myself shifting from producing photographs to reviewing and editing them. The changeover is mostly because winter is not conducive to my style of street photography. Most people in Philadelphia don't enjoy being outdoors during the dead of winter, myself included.
But I don't mind this changeover. In fact, I enjoy it. It gives me the opportunity to look through my archives, delete the photos that definitely suck, gain a greater appreciation for photos that recapture my interest, and think of new ways to interpret and print the "all-stars." Every year I get a little better at using Photoshop and printing my images.
Interesting enough, the images themselves don't get much better over time. Very few suck on a technical level, but I feel as if it's just as hard to capture a great image as it every was. Sometimes the great images jump out at you from the moment you see them; other times they seem to develop in intensity over time.
That's the value of edit mode. It's like rediscovering your own work, as well as your own feelings towards it. It also opens the door to discovering themes and patterns to your work that you may not have noticed before, dead-ends worth revisiting, portfolios worth starting and finishing. If you're lucky, you may discover that rather than just having an assortment of unrelated photographs you actually have a body of work; one or more collections of photographs that present a coherent picture of who you are, how you see and what you're about.
So rather than let cold weather get you down, remember that as written in Ecclesiastes, "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven."