Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Tangible Past or A Hipster Side Project?


For the past few months, I have been running around shooting photos with a Fuji Instax and, more recently, a polaroid SX-70 Sonar. 

I honestly don't remember what got me started on the throwback instant photo kick. I guess since I have been shooting more video and spending so much time looking at a computer screen I needed some time away from the digital workflow. Now if I had enough space and a little extra time, I would set up my darkroom equipment in my duplex. I guess in the absence of such luxury, I jumped into the instant film world.

And I've started to see these cameras fitting into my greater work. On a video shoot in November, I took a quick portrait of two of my subjects and gave them the shot. They fell in love with it, and I think it might have put them a little more at ease as I started to roll on the interview. I’ve discovered that handing people a photo as a keepsake seems to help connect them to me.

In general, photos connect us to people we might not know, but they also do a great job of connecting us to our own pasts. In December my wife and I went down to El Paso, Texas, my hometown. While there, I was going through a box of old photos and saw more than a few polaroids and other prints my parents had snapped back when I was a kid. Looking at the photos in my hands took me back in time by giving me a very tactile link to the past. Memories that were probably buried in my head came forward.

If I have kids I hope they find my boxes of prints and polaroids, helping them link back to their past.

OK, enough with the corny crap. Check out these photos 






Thursday, January 08, 2015

#fromthegarage





Updating my website and blog while working on my grad school work has proven to be a lot harder than I thought. But it’s winter break, and I have some time to sit down to start changing and adding things. I’m looking at it as a “pre-spring cleaning/updating” of all things photographic.

Yesterday, I spent some of my downtime from editing work at the Missourian to upload a photo essay I shot from a parking garage here in Columbia, photographed coming and going from class and work. #fromthegarage is now up, and I think its finished. I am pretty happy about it, although I might change my sequencing later.

I also have some video projects I'll be uploading soon, maybe this afternoon, maybe tomorrow, maybe early next week … Who knows?

Friday, September 05, 2014

Quick Note...


So as I sit here taking a quick break from packing gear for the first wedding I am photographing this fall. I can't help but think how the past year has been insane! I realize I keep reflecting on coming back to school to get my masters, but beyond that I got married and have completely jumped into a lot of different types of work that I never saw myself doing. 

I spent the majority of the past summer working in the McDougall archive printing a show about Missouri Mules and shooting/editing a video about the photographer who photographed that project. The amount of photo editing I have done in the past year of other peoples work while I was Assistant Director of Photography at the Missourian really amazed me. Editing through all that work has really made me see my own photography differently. I always heard that, but felt it might be a bit cliche, I was wrong... very wrong. 

As I mentioned I shot some video this past summer and am now shooting even more of that. It feels good to work out my visual chops in another medium. Ill be posting some of that soon when I get some of that edited.

Ok back to packing gear... 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Relaxing in Xela



After falling asleep at 8 last night, Lindsey and I got up and went to Democracia market, wandering around the stalls. It feels great to be back in a place where so many good memories were created. Making new ones with Lindsey this time around. Let's see what kinds of trouble we can get into...





Thursday, May 22, 2014

In the Bag...


Friday morning my wife and I are heading to Guatemala for a week. Since I am not going there for work, I decided to shed some gear and only take what is pictured.

Equipment:
- Bag Paladin Mission Go Bag (Honestly one of the best bags Ive owned)
- Canon G12
- Olympus XA rangefinder.
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 5
- iPad (for email and editing)
- Card reader for iPad
- Charging cables
- 6 rolls of film (400 Neopan BW)
- Impact Mini Slave
- Flash light
- head lamp
- Chargers and Cables

And whenever I travel, I make sure I have my journal and a notebook.

This trip is a kind of short honeymoon, so my main concern is just having fun. I plan on spending my mornings wandering the markets and streets in Xela. This gear set up has treated me well for street photography in the past and is just so much lighter than my D4 rig. Ill be posting from the road so look out for some photos.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Has the storm passed or is it still coming?



I was talking to my Dad yesterday and he asked how it felt to make it through this past year. I honestly couldn't tell him. Not only was it my first year in grad school, but Lindsey and I got married in March. While married life has been great, its also still kind of on hold, since we live in two different towns. That has been the hardest part of all this. The school work has been time consuming but nothing that I couldn't handle. 

I wish I had, had more time to shoot this past year. I think most of that is my fault for not making more time for it. Trying to balance writing papers and shooting can be difficult. This next year should be different. I am leaving my position at the Missourian to become one of two Missouri Photo Workshop Fellows. I am also going to be shooting more video and some how I got myself signed up for a Rural Sociology Course. I'm pretty excited about all of it, but I want to temper that excitement with the reality of paying bills and picking up some work on the side. Along with school ending for they year, I've really started to dig into my masters project research which has already turned up some interesting problems. Those problems are helping me center in on a story so they are very good problems.

Finally since Lindz and I did get married we have planned a little mini honeymoon, in a few weeks we will be heading to Guatemala for a week. We are both looking forward to that trip, I am excited to show her around the place I loved and called home. We are having trouble deciding what to go see and do while we are there, so I think we might just wing it.