My 2016 Impossible List

You need to aim beyond what you are capable of. You must develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end. Try to do things that you’re incapable of... If you think you’re incapable of running a company, make that your aim... Make your vision of where you want to be a reality. Nothing is impossible.
— Paul Arden

An Impossible List was an idea that I "borrowed" from Joel Runyon. Rather than the traditional resolutions, I create a list of challenges that I hope to achieve during the upcoming year. I will post this right above my computer to give me targets to hit. I didnt accomplish many of my Impossible List for 2015 but I did check off a few important entries including building my giant tent camera. So here is my Impossible List for 2016.

  • 50 portraits in my series on cancer taken with the giant tent camera 
  • Release 4 zines
  • Reach 100 "Darkroom Passes"/month
  • Reach 500 newsletter subscribers 
  • Rent a photo studio/office
  • Quit Trader Joes
  • Photo trip to Iceland with the giant tent camera
  • Photo trip to India with the pinhole camera
  • Speak at a conference or an event 
  • Coach/mentor 1 photographer 
  • Solo gallery show 
  • Sell out the Handheld Series
  • Record 30 interviews with photographers, artists, and makers for a podcast or video series


  • Lose 15 lbs to reach my goal of 220
  • Pay off both car loans and student loan
  • 2 week vacation with Anna and Miles in Europe
  • No processed sugar for 3/4 of the year 
  • Publish 25K words on my blog