San Francisco

I had to spend a couple of days in San Francisco due to work.  In my downtimes I grabbed a camera and my co-worker and I hit the streets seeing what was there for us to explore.  We were getting ready to embark on a 2 week cross-country tour back to DC and this seemed the right way to stretch the photographic finger for the trip to get ready.   I can’t wait to get back there in order to dedicate a lot more time to shooting the city.  there simply wasn’t enough time this visit.   [Show as slideshow]  ...
Artomatic opening

Artomatic opening

My space is completed, cleaned up, and ready for viewers.   Artomatic is an opportunity for local DC artists to showcase their work in a mass collection of other artists.  While not a permanent dedicated space year to year, the organization finds buildings that are either under construction but not ready to be occupied or, in the case this year, they have a building that is slated to be torn down.  These buildings become infested with hundreds of artists looking for another opportunity to put their hard work on display and show their creative sides.   This year we have 11 floors and about 1,200 artists filling the spaces, included in all that chaos is a space for me.  The last time I participated in Artomatic I explored the theme of desires.  Half of my wall was dedicated to pastries and baked goods that I shot at Grounded.  These images carried the viewer from the beginning steps of the baking process through to the final product – a mouthwatering treat.   The second half of my wall contained some of my nude figurative works.  Some delicate B&W photos to play off the very colorful desserts.     This year I couldn’t resist splitting up my space yet again.  Instead of more desserts and more nudes, I decided to go with a more whimsical and playful tone and display.  Half of the space is set-up to showcase images from the project I tackled last year, my Odd-Day-T photos.  The other half of the wall is perfect for letting people experience the Even Steven project that is ongoing.   Because these images...
Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

I was in Washington for a brief visit and while I was there I couldn’t help but take a drive out to Mt. Rainier.  I, unfortunately, didn’t have the amount of time to shoot while there as I had hoped so on the drive over I kept an eye out for a nice long shot so that I could grab the wide shot of the beast.  A lot of the views were eaten up with either trees, power lines or houses and when I could find an unobstructed opening there was no place to pull over, barely two lanes on the road and enough traffic to not allow a single driver to stop in the road and shoot from the car.  Fortunately I was able to find this little field next to a church and a golf course across the street.  Parking and clear view hello, time to grab the camera.   [Show as...
Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

When I was in San Francisco the weather was beautiful and clear.  I had to cross the bridge a couple times for various events I was shooting and told myself that I had to stop by one last time before calling it a day.  The last event I had to cover ended and I found myself almost 2 hours away from the bridge, but I was determined.  By the time I arrived to the bridge the fog had rolled in like a beast and a heavy mist started to fall.  I wasn’t going to let these elements hinder me so I parked the car and off I went.   I decided to use the fog as a guiding element for the images and allowed it to enhance the mood.  What better way to capture the essence and spirit of this well documented bridge than with a heavy blanket of fog.  The weather elements just helped push the bridge from a regular photographed landmark to a noir, gritty scene, perfect for my style.   no images were...
Grounded Desserts

Grounded Desserts

A favorite place to go on the weekends is Grounded Coffee Shop.  Candy and Wil are both trained pastry chefs and create treats that aren’t just delicious to the taste buds, but also to the eyes.   Watching Wil create in the kitchen is like watching an artist or a surgeon at work – yes, both of those professions work.  His mastery and precision while cutting strawberries and lines them up before he even adds them to a fruit tart is beautiful.  You can tell watching these two at work that they truly enjoy baking and creating....
Atlanta

Atlanta

When I have to travel for work I try to find a couple hours when available to go out and shoot for myself.  I had a day trip down to Atlanta, and although it meant a very early morning, I arrived a few hours early just so I could walk around the city and shoot without too much hustle and bustle of a city in motion.  Many places hadn’t opened for the day yet, so I had a little more freedom and space to work with.   [Show as...
Lauritzen Gardens

Lauritzen Gardens

Lauritzen Gardens is is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all. — From their website.   I wanted to visit the gardens for two reasons.  1) the weather was gorgeous the day I was in the area and I can’t pass up a botanical garden in nice weather and 2) Kenefick Park.   Again, from the website: Two of the greatest locomotives ever to power Union Pacific Railroad sit at the southwest point of the Lauritzen Gardens property, highly visible to passersby on Interstate 80 and welcoming motorists to Nebraska. On grand display are Centennial No. 6900 – the largest and most powerful diesel-electric locomotive ever built – and Big Boy No. 4023 – the world’s largest steam locomotive.   [Show as slideshow]...

Isis – darker side

Isis wanted to have a little fun and show a darker side in some pictures so we went looking for props and gathered a few things to explore with for the pictures.  I felt the B&W enhances the dark leather on her light skin. I wanted the contrast between the soft and the rough to play out with the metal, leather and skin.  The dark lipstick helps to show that it isn’t just the leather and rings that provides the rough edges. no images were...
Wine Tasting in Virginia

Wine Tasting in Virginia

We did a small tour of the wine country in Virginia to sample the grapes and see what these hills had to offer.  During the tour we found wineries that ranged from the pet friendly (a rescue adoption was happening in one location) all the way to the very fancy vineyard where for an extra fee you can tour the special reserves the owner has that he doesn’t make available for the ‘regular’ tastings.  All in all the tour was incredible and informative.  The places where they would pair the samples with the different types of wine helps to train the novice.  A welcoming experience to everyone that was there and of course, a great opportunity to capture a few images.   [Show as slideshow]...
New Orleans 2011

New Orleans 2011

I don’t always spend my days in a cemetery when in New Orleans.  While the pull is difficult to ignore, I sometimes resist and wander the streets to capture the essence of what makes the place beautiful.  And when I say beautiful, I don’t mean sanitized and perfect, but lived in, comfortable, and breathing with raw energy.   [Show as slideshow]...
Chicago

Chicago

I love going to Chicago.  And while I love Chicago, I really have only seen a very small portion of the city.  Millenium Park and The Art Institute are the two places that I always have to find myself when I am in the city.  On the next trip I need to venture out further and explore more of the architecture and the images.  The building around there are stunning, both the occupied and the crumbling.  It is a sad image to see these masterpieces fall away so I need to capture what I can before they are gone.   [Show as...

Isis

Ah, the mysterious Isis.  Much like Ellen, Isis has been a model that I can turn to when I have just glimpses of ideas that I want to experiment with.  She is a wonderful person and always willing to work with the ideas that I bring to the table.  Having someone to turn to and let them know that I want to experiment for the sake of experimenting and still be willing to put in most of a day to the process is a treat that I do not take lightly.  It has been a bit since we last worked and that needs to change.   [Show as slideshow] 12►...