It rained?

Weather Art – a photo depicting the weather that happened more than 12 hours prior to inform those that were trapped in a windowless box without television, radio or Internet.

Hunting for weather art is generally a complete pain when you are expected to have a photo in a limited amount of time. But when you have hours to go out and see what kind of photos you can make your luck is usually a bit better. Now the $10,000 question is: Do you have better luck because there are not any expectations or because you have a better outlook on the assignment?"

So with time on my hands I set out to see what I could find. I didn't start until later in the afternoon due to another assignment scheduled later on that didn't happen. The rain had stopped in town, but you could see that snow had fallen above 7,000 feet. I just wandered around the new mall in Boulder for a while before heading up Flagstaff Mountain to investigate the snow.

It's a fact. I'm addicted to geometric shapes and lines. Just check out my "Emotions" series on MySpace or Flickr. I don't know why, but ever since a style assignment in Color I class at CMC I can notice visually disturbing lines and shapes with less time than it takes to blink. I won't call it a curse. I tend to embrace it. I made several photos at the mall with similar visuals, this one being the superior. After fulfilling my geometric cravings I rambled up the switchbacks of Flagstaff to find only a couple people peering between layers of clouds into the valley floors west of Boulder.

The fresh snow and rain gave the trees and rocks rich tones that cannot be truly depicted in a single digital image. I didn't make any of the photos I was trying to preconceive, but I still had some fun. Next time on deadline I'm sure I won't be as lucky. Those people trapped in that dark and disconnected box won't know what happened, the day before.


Above the rim

Assignment: Standard portrait of the boy's basketball player of the year after practice.

On the 20-minute drive to Lyons I thought up a simple shot that I could
get done in the event I only had a few minutes.

Two lights, moody Rembrandt lighting, simple, standard right?

Now what?
"What do you think about sitting on the rim?"
After a chair, a lift and some contortions....

Given the limited lighting equipment and lack of a ladder, I hope it's not your standard portrait. Does it work? Maybe not as well as it could have, but it was still fun and something I haven't seen in my paper yet. Besides, Trey Mullen and the handful of other students will probably remember this photo for a while.



What is a blog, really?

It's an outlet to say what's really on your mind.
Does it matter what you say or who will read it?

No. There are so many outlets for people to express themselves now that it may get lost in cyberspace.
What will this allow you to do?

Show photos that allow me to say what I truly feel about this world around us.


Freedom to depict without worrying about what others think.
A stairway to a new world.