I'm definitely one for nostalgia in its many forms. Memories of my past and pasts I never even knew are a big part of my life and work as a photographer. Some of my best memories are of my somedaynever.com days, a website I started at the turn of the century (sounds cool, eh?) that eventually became a concert promotion company, record label and more over the years. somedaynever was dedicated to the local Nebraska scene and I'd like to think we helped play a part in at least some people discovering great music they might not have heard otherwise.
The screen shot above from late-February 2005, shows the last design that I used for the website. It also has banner for one of my favorite shows that we booked, The Hold Steady with the Oranges Band and local heroes Ladyfinger. The Hold Steady's lead singer, Craig Finn, was incredible, spitting his half-spoken lyrics into the microphone while convulsing on his feet. And if you've never heard Ladyfinger, you're missing out on one of the best, most criminally unknown rock bands out there. The best part of booking shows was finding bands that were fantastic yet either nearly-unknown or not-yet-known. Within a year or two, the Hold Steady would be playing all the late-night television shows and much bigger venues.
Although it feels as if a lifetime has passed, somedaynever has only been gone for roughly seven and a half years. It was my life and my identity for a long time, something that I wasn't so sure about giving up at the time. I had operated music websites of one sort or another for over a decade, dating back to my senior year in high school. In the end, I came to realize how burned out I really was, and have attended an average of maybe one concert per year since then. Not that I have given up on music, as I still listen to it constantly and maintain a large collection spanning everything from the punk rock I listened to at 18 to the mid-century jazz records that I dabble in today.
As for somedaynever, or sdn as was used for a shorthand, I'm happy to say that I'm now going to use the moniker as a publishing company for my photography books. sdn books will likely never amount to much more than an homage to my past, but it's something. Think of it as my way of helping an audience discover great places and details they might have otherwise missed. The first sdn book will be my upcoming project entitled Fontenelle that I hope to have ready for everyone this fall. Fontenelle is a big departure from much of my work and is the first time I have really worked in black and white since school. I'm excited to share it with you.