I don't know this persons' name, but he comes to the river in the morning and I see him every once in a while. He usually cleans up the river park. Homeless, he just gets by as much as he can I guess. I wish I could do more for him, but you know... what can you do?
Friday, May 19, 2017
And as my "study" continues I'm starting to see the behavior of the light change day by day. As we headed further into Spring & Summer I've notice some movement of the light changing through the kitchen and house. It's hard to decipher when I should be present for the light, how long I should wait & what subject I should photograph. But this is part of the exercise I guess.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
I'm gonna try to do my best to figure out how to increase movement on both the blog and my distribution. My current job looks like it's about to crumble and I'm at that point where I'm ready to just leave the damn place and figure shit out myself. Of course, it'd be dumb just to suddenly quit without having any kind of backup plan, but I intend to get something going before my departure.
But I'm in that moment where I'm scared of what may come. This is almost the same feeling I had when I was unemployed and didn't have anything going on. This was about 5 years ago that I had the issue of being trapped at home with no one to talk to and no one to hang out with. It was lonely those years and I'm surprised that I had gotten over that hurdle. The crappy part is that I've built this foundation with some of these people that I call friends and it's been so awesome to share some experiences with them. I'm just afraid that I'll be going through that same thing again when it's all over.
I'm talking crazy, I know, but I can't help feel that the future looks a little bleak right now. The state is currently under high alert on the budget, our grading rubric with DSS is VERY rigid, and on top of that the workplace is starting to feel more like a jail cell. It's absolutely nuts.
I'm not sure what will come of the next few weeks, but jeez man.. it look like it's not going to be very good.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Again... with the expired polaroid thing.
Monday, May 15, 2017
This is George. He also works at Triple A Diner. He's kind of an ass, but I try to tip him well when I'm there every once in a while
Friday, May 12, 2017
There's a sun roof that was built in our condo. One of the best things about it is seeing the light emit different areas of the living room. The couch gets the most attention from the light while on the sun's time to sleep it emits around where the dvd rack. This image is part of a crochet'd blanket that was given to us awhile back. I love the texture of it and how the light sort of brings out this fantastic pattern. I'll most likely feature this blanket in the blogs to come.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
For a bit (and maybe still) I've been on the kick of photographing balloons. The thing that fascinates me with balloons is not only their shapes, but their colors. I don't know what it is about them. Of course, this picture is so expired that you can barely see the colors of the balloons. But whatever man..
Monday, May 8, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
From the first day I've learnt about him Andre Kertesz has been one photographer that has stayed consistent in my life. And as of late I've been thinking about his work through these still life's. It's hard to imagine that I'd get back on the horse with b&w and since I've shot years of color it's been pretty interesting trying to decipher what subject looks good in this workflow.
A lot of my subjects (for now at least) are of plants. They have their own way of growing up in the world and have their own way of making impressions. It's funny how much a plant can show you its feelings just by the way they grow.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
I recently went to the front page of Reddit and saw this thread appear. The Redditor who posted this link shared a website of her friend who recently committed suicide. Claire Marley was a photographer based out of Shawnee, KS who was interested in photographing friends and her surroundings. She was a transfer student from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to the University of Kansas. She was also a teacher's assistant for the Shawnee Mission School District.
Most of the photographs seen in the portfolio are images of what could be her friends and surroundings. A lot these images are candid moments welcoming the audience a peak into her personal life. Some shot on film and most shot on digital, but still showcases that "at home" aesthetic. I can't say that her portfolio is strong with a good narrative flow, but I can say that these images were certainly a great start to what could have been strong bodies of work.
It's unfortunate this artist left the world early. It brings the issue that having good mental health is important. I'm not sure what her struggle was, but man it must've been so bad to the point that she wanted the pain to go away. It's okay to see a therapist. It's okay to talk to your loved ones about this kind of thing. It may seem like you're alone, but you're not and there are ways to get help.
If you or anyone who is struggling with this is please call for help.
To tell you the truth reading this thread spawned some memories that I've endured when I was young. I've lost friends through this and mental health is really important for me and my loved ones. Get help if you need it. You're not weak if you do so.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
This guitarist was pretty good. I loved the amount of control he had playing some of the parts of the songs. Slight sweeps here and there, weird chord grips, and the clean twinkly tone that I'm just so down for.
Monday, May 1, 2017