Update: Surviving

Art is all about emotion.

The emotion felt when creating to the emotion felt by the viewer, art makes us feel. For me, my photography is typically inspired by pain.

In high school, I was struggling with depression and photography became a very important outlet for me. Now, I still find myself using my photography as a way to deal with everything that comes with going through a divorce.

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POTD: The Massive

What inspired me the most when taking these last series of photographs, was the thought of trying to view the world differently.

I discussed this quite a bit recently. I don’t necessarily mean in a way that others don’t view it, but as in how can I can view the world different and then present that. I mean as a photographer I am basically working to show you the world how I see it, so if I am not working to view it differently then, I am just showing you what you already see.

For instance, why do I go to the all the local parks and take pictures there? Continue reading “POTD: The Massive”

POTD: The Bridge

Let’s start with the fact that I love this image.

It is hands down in my top three favorites from this latest batch of photos. I enjoy the image as a whole, the subject and the overall feel. I love working with wood. In fact, one of the first photographs I ever developed was of an aged pallet. Trust me, it was cool.

This is a bridge that spans a small creek/stream in Zorinsky Lake Park. It is very narrow and the there are these wooden walls on either side. It’s very difficult for a biker and a pedestrian to use this bridge at the same time. The wood has been worn from handle bars scraping the side as bikers try to get across.

All along the length of the bridge are these gashes.

It is the varying personality and story of wood subjects that I love. The cracks and stains. The holes and gaps. It’s all so interesting.

I wanted to make sure the focus was on a specific spot on the bridge, to highlight the details but also provide the full scale of the object. Usually on my IPhone 7, I don’t get such a shallow depth of field at this distance from a object, but I believe I had on my macro and wide angle lens combo and it helped to blur out the background.

This is an image I love to just sit and stare at. It’s relaxing to me and knowing that I was able to achieve the outcome I wanted with this image feels really good.

Eventually, I will get this framed. I just have to.

This is my official Friday post, look out for some late posts also going up today to make up for the missed ones from earlier in the week. Otherwise, I will see y’all again on Monday!

POTD: Looking Up

This is a day late and I apologize.

In October of 2011, a talk was given at the LDS Church’s General Conference. (General Conference is a biannual conference that is broadcast worldwide for all members of the church to view and we hear from the leader’s of the Church.) Elder Carl B. Cook gave a talk where he shares a story about an encounter with the President of the Church, Thomas S. Monson, in which he was told, “Now, remember, it is better to look up.” Continue reading “POTD: Looking Up”

POTD: Yellow

I’ve really enjoyed working with this new batch of photographs.

I felt confident when taking these photos and it changed so much about what I was trying to capture. It wasn’t so much the subject, but how I presented the subject. As I took each shot, in my head I could see the final edit and so I focused more on making sure I had everything set to produce the image that was in my head and not so much what I was actually seeing.

That is what is so fun about really getting into your own creativity. With any art that we present to people, we are presenting our interpretation of a certain subject, however, most of the time the viewer is still going to take away from it, what they think it is.

It can be a little frustrating at first, and I remember when I first got into photography how hard it was to deal with not being able to get my ideas across.

As a creator, you get to a point though, where you are no longer creating for others, but for yourself. Ultimately, this is where you want to be. Like anything in life, to really enjoy it, you have to love it and it’s a process.

This time around, yes when I started to pick up photography again, I was doing it for myself, putting anything and everything out there. Then as I noticed certain things getting attention, I tried to mimic them and build up a bit more of my confidence by generating views on my work. Now I am getting back into just having fun with what I am doing, and relaxing more into what is my style. I am more excited about this batch because it’s more about what I like and what I am inspired to see and less about the feelings I am trying to convey.

I am at the point again, where I want people to be able to take what they want from my images and feel what they want. And I want them to share that with me and help me understand them because at this point I think most people who see my work know me fairly well.

So here we have Yellow. Growing alongside a path that runs underneath a bridge. Shaded by trees and long grass, with a crumbling walkway to distract passerby’s. It was strong and powerful, but only once I lifted my eyes and gave it the attention it deserved. That’s the nature of nature, silent and beautiful, easily overlooked.

Thanks again for sharing this moment with me.


POTD: Bird In The Sky

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Half the fun of taking pictures in a park is the people watching.

This last weekend as I was walking around, it was interesting to see so many people staring at the ground as they walked around. Just by chance, I was so fascinated by the tops of the trees and so it was really funny to be wandering around in the clouds when people came by.

It got me thinking about all the different ways we choose to view the world. I decided, it doesn’t really matter how hard we try to change the way we look at things, we ultimately still miss things.

For example, this photo. I was so focused on these trees, that I didn’t even notice the bird in the shot. And it was quick, I have a shot that was taken seconds before this and there wasn’t any sign of the bird.

Quick little things, that happen all around us everyday. As I was walking through the park, I could here all kinds of animals, some that may have even growled at me…

And I also saw a lot of people, head phones in or speakers blasting, moving about there day, and I get it, when I work out I blast my music too.

It is just so fun to see how we experience the world around us. This is why it is so important to get to know different kinds of people and I mean really get to know them. This next batch of photos will represent this idea, as I tried to change how even I was viewing different things and angles I was shooting from. There are definitely some normal shots mixed in but, either way I am looking forward to sharing this batch.

The light coming through the leaves and the clear, blue sky was just so beautiful. Mix in a few dead trees and well, I’m in heaven.

Hope you are having a good Monday, and Happy Fourth of July!

POTD: Through the Fence [Part 2]

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I shared the first part of this series two weeks ago.

This little walking bridge, was actively protecting everything you see growing here. You can’t tell but this is actually looking downhill, with  the bottom probably a good six or seven feet below the bottom of the bridge.

All of it untouched because the people walking past it only see the fencing and wood planks. I had walked past it twice without noticing.

I had found bushes covered in flowers like this not too far from here but they were buried in the trees and I wasn’t prepared to trek through high grass to get there. Plus i’m sure something would of tried to eat me.

These were also hard to gain access to. I was leaning over the edge of the bank to get even this shot. I loved it but I knew there was more ways to look at this. The post previous to this talks about that.

But when I went to choose which images to edit and eventually post, this shot definitely stood out as important. I experimented a little with the color and love the way the purple adds to the feel of the shot. I don’t usually like to mess with the color in this way, but this batch of photos just needed it. It’s fun when you get inspired in this way.

As a photographer, I still haven’t found a style that is consistent when it comes to how my images look. I know that part of it has to do with the fact that most my photos hold an emotional attachment. With this batch, I was just really happy and comfortable. When I went to edit them, a playful side kind of came out. I still feel that happiness when I look at these photos.

And sometimes I wish I could make that feeling more obvious in my work. I guess it’ll be interesting to see how I choose to really set myself apart as a photographer. Exciting really.

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