Sunday, March 09, 2014
On Thursday night, I started working with Central Missouri Community Action. For the next eight weeks, I will be teaching photography to a group of kids. I have worked with the shoot-back concept before in Guatemala with a nonprofit organization, Voces De Cambio, and loved it. I've been looking for an opportunity to teach here in Missouri. While I was talking with my professor at the end of last semester, she informed me about the PhotoVoice program here in town. It's a two-fold win for me. One, I get to hand out and teach photography to kids that might not have the opportunity to learn this craft if it wasn't for this program. Plus, I get a course credit out of the way.
Thursday's class started off a bit rocky. Most classes the students were pretty quiet. (Well, with the exception of two students who were already friends.) Once we checked out cameras to the students, they ran around the room visually exploring the place. This class feels like it is going to be a lot of fun.
The first assignment is Basic Needs, when Sarah (the other instructor) and I went around the room asking what the kids thought were their basic needs they shouted out suggestions "Bacon! Water! a House!" Then one of the more shy students quietly said "Family." I was honestly struck by that answer. I don't think I would have thought about that at his age.
I'm positive that this class will produce some insightful photographs. Perhaps when we have our gallery show, the community will have something productive to talk about.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Working off the concept of GMO Potatoes that are resistant to blight, using what little I know to light metal, With help from Shelby my partner for this assignment I think we did a pretty decent job of giving this knife some life.
Our first attempt to light this concept ended with a bunch of potatoes with holes poked in them and not one photo I was happy with from a lighting stand point.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
This past weekend has been very busy. Most of it either covering or trying to direct photographers to cover a partial building collapse at a student housing complex on Saturday. Sunday I spent a lot of time working in the studio on an assignment for my lighting class, which will be uploaded soon. For the time being I figured a landscape-ish shot could hold some space on the blog.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
This week I spent some time in the studio with Tiffany Melecio. I went with pretty simple lighting choices because I tend to over think when I get into situations where I need to light a portrait. The first two photos I used one soft box (camera left)and a reflector (camera right). For the third photo I used two lights again trying to stay simple. placing one behind Tiffany with a blue gel on it and using a soft box behind me.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
For this assignment we were asked to find a portrait we admire and discuss it a little. My selection is a portrait of Winston Churchill by Yousuf Karsh. I love the light he used it almost seems like a painting on some level. One light camera right and slightly elevated. Now I am pretty sure Karsh used a light behind Churchill for some separation, but it could also be dodging in the darkroom. Karsh successfully makes Churchill seem heroic, but contemplative. Its a great frame!
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Gregory Heisler's portrait of Alonzo Mourning
Tim Hetherington's photo of Dawn on Broad Street Monrovia, 2005
This Copy work was done for an advanced technique class I am currently enrolled. I've done some copy work in the past, but never using a studio set up. Finding the right angles was tough to say the least.
The photos pictured in this post are copyrighted to Gregory Heisler and Tim Hetherington.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
It has been a long time since I posted. The past few months have been insane! I quite my job in Temple in July, Spent some time in El Paso relaxing and shooting a wedding, went back to Temple gathered up the apartment into boxes and move to Missouri to start grad school. Missouri is a pretty nice place, Lindsey being in Kansas City for school and me here in Columbia is given me the chance to explore two cities. Which has really turned into where to get the best beer/food hunt.
Coming back to school has been an interesting ride so far. Already diving into research and photo projects. I am one of the Assistant Directors of Photography at the Columbia Missourian, so my work load is pretty heavy. Most of my free time I spend hanging out with the dog. I always told myself I wouldn't go back to school, but here I am diving into this program.