Notes From The Author

Four-Legged Friends in Need.

As a working creative, being able to profit off of your craft can be one of the most fulfilling feelings. There is a sense of accomplishment and value that is accompanied by completing a job that can be indescribable. While no one will argue against the pleasant feeling of being paid for hard work in one’s creative field, how often do us artists donate our own time into nonprofit ventures?  An artist has a unique power to provide his or her own perspective to an issue that plagues his or her own community or the larger society. It is often not something glorified in the art community at times because we all tend to lose site of giving back to those in need on the road to success. When pondering what differences I could make in my community as a photographer it quite literally leapt into my lap. Apollo, my nine-year-old rescued wiener dog, was almost a casualty to a terrible system that exists within the animal rescue community. When shelters become overcrowded with animals that no one is willing to adopt, they are forced to create open space by humanely destroying the unwanted pets. When Apollo was the age of three he was on the pathway to being one of those unfortunate few. A friend of mine that was working at the shelter informed me of this poor timid wiener dog that was in need of a home and I almost instantly said I would take him, (without consulting my family of course). Fast forward six years, Apollo is getting old and grey living a better life with my family, but that got me thinking, how can I assist other animals like Apollo that deserve a shot at life and a happy home? I began asking around, got in contact with Kristin Rose of Bottle Babies Rescue, and asked if her organization was in need of photographer. Based in Allen Park, Michigan, Bottle Babies Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that specializes in the care and rescue of abandoned animals. They serve as a shelter for pets waiting for their forever homes. My job is to assist with the adoption of the rescues by providing high quality photographic imagery that shows off the pet’s fun and loving personalities to perspective adopters. So far I have only has the time to work with one of Kristine’s dogs, an eight year old bull terrier named Mable, but I am looking forward to assisting the nonprofit find loving homes for all of the resident rescued pets that walk through their door.

 

Jacob Mulka
Devil of a Time

Street photography is always either a total blast or a day of disappointment in my experience. I either get shots I am super happy with or I just look at with the thought of “what were you thinking dude?” Yesterday, fortunately for me, was not one of those days. This past Sunday was the 9th annual Marche Du Nain Rouge and I fully intended on just doing my basic journalist diligence as a random passer by but I lucked out and ended up getting hired to shoot the parade. I always appreciate the chance to do some street when the subjects all don't look boring as hell, (yes that is a pun) and the “Detroit Inside Jokes” are plentiful. I went outside and thought I would share.

Jacob Mulka
Opening Thoughts

To Whom This May Concern,

This blog will serve as a direct line for my thoughts, ideas, and opinions. I also will be sharing photo sets with every blog post just because it feels slightly more personal, so in the future you can expect a great deal of different imagery coming from this blog. I am trying my best to break away from instagram and other social media. It really has become more toxic then I could of ever possibly imagined. Perhaps I am foolish but it seems that more people are interested in creating content that follows trends instead of communicating subjects of substance. I know what you are thinking, "well Jake, I don't see you doing anything that is truly pushing artistic boundaries or going to stand the test of time," and you know what I agree with you. At this present junction I can't say I have done or shot anything that truly has left a lasting impression on anyone. I certainly have not felt fulfilled in any work as of late but the beauty of the situation is that I have a choice to change that. Being able to observe your own work from an extremely critical point of view is six times out of ten an unpleasant experience but It does provide one with a certain level of introspection that allows one to observe and understand the areas where improvements must be made. In summary, I know I have a long way to go as an artist but I look forward to the challenge and hope I can eventually live up to my own expectations. I appreciate those that have chosen to be apart of my short journey so far. I had the pleasure of taking a few photographs of a very pretty and talented friend of mine, Claire, who is also a very talented photographer in her own right. She is the type of person that you don't really have to do much with to get a great photograph of, she really makes my job easy.

Jacob Mulka