There is this new on-line publication out of the U.K. called “ToneLit“. They feature beautiful photography from around the world, simply and through their website. They have only had two issues, but I got to be a part of their second issue!
Featuring a few images from my “Mortar Shells and Cigarettes” exhibit, they published my artist statement with a selection of images. Check out the whole issue at http://www.tonelit.com/
Fototazo is a fantastic on-line source of photography. Featuring photo essays, individual images, and one of my favorites is a series of stories behind individual images—which I got published in yesterday! I wrote a short essay about the story behind one of my favorite images of two children on a carnival ride in Sarajevo, Bosnia from my Mortar Shells and Cigarettes exhibit. Read the story at their website. And while you are there, check out their micro-grant program, fundraising money to “purchase equipment for young, emerging photographers from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from Colombia.”
I do a lot of cool and crazy thing. And sometimes, I forget about some of those things. Like that time I photographed in a gold mine in Elko, Nevada. I was putting together a new portfolio and decided to dig out a few portraits to include and found all these gems (I know I was just talking about mining… but I didn’t mean to use the word “gems”..and “dig”… that’s just the way it happened.) I don’t know why I never posted them… but I do find them to be quite wonderful… especially the geologist at the end who was just so excited about rocks.
Images taken in a gold mine in Elko, Nevada while filming a shot documentary film. Taken November, 2010.
A broken down car from a parade.
Taken in Little Village, Chiago
Once upon a time I was planning a trip to Jordan. I packed my bags, and committed to shooting my entire upcoming documentary project on film. I took one backpack, filled one third with film, one third with cameras, and the rest with clothing and a toothbrush. Upon arrival, a series of events unfolded and I ended up living in a cave in Petra. On my third day of adventuring around, photographing everything, my Bronica ETRS broke. Leaving me with two gallon sized Zip-Lock bags of medium format film.. only three rolls shot. Unable to fix it, I retired the camera and took up my digital camera to complete (or at that point, start) the project I was going to work on… carrying now half my backpack full of unusable things. As sad as it was, as beautiful as the film would be been with that harsh Arabian sun, my photographs turned out just fine. If not, great. I developed those three rolls just recently, only to find this hidden gem. Omar, a donkey driver who gave me free rides on his donkeys while in the tourist sites. His donkeys were named: Shakira, Michael Jackson, and Ferrari.
I love when I get approached by a couple while rock climbing that says, “We were just on your website looking at your documentary photography… can you photograph our wedding? We want the whole thing on film.” ”Yes, please!” This wedding just reaffirmed me how much I love film, as risky and intimidating as it can be with such an important event… but the photographs are so much more beautiful. There is something about the softness, the patience you have to have framing each shot because you can’t double check. It is completely rewarding. Also, I am on a roll with the beautiful couples with great weddings lately! Who else needs their weddings photographed? These have been fun… and so have the trips to California each has sent me on. Lucky me!
This wedding was fantastic… one of my favorite highlights were all the cute kiddos. With the outfits sewn for each one, it was just a cute time watching the boys with suspenders run around the place and the girls brigading around swirling their dresses. If you want to see more images of this lovely couple.. check them out here!
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I can’t decide if it’s spring or summer yet. It feels like if summer is about to happen, but it is too hot for spring. It is that awkward time where everybody pretends like it’s summer. I leave my sweaters at home and brave the ride home on my bicycle at night because I don’t want to have to wear the heavier clothes. I go swimming even if the water is cold. But I am not quite ready to commit to the intensity of summer, popsicles hurt my teeth and I don’t really like the heat if it’s above 85. I’m giving myself until the official day in June when summer hits and will live in limbo until then, continuing to claim it’s spring. (Can we also discuss my friend’s great view from her apartment’s pool? Don’t worry, I don’t live there.. I just have great friends who are that cool.)
I got interviewed with the photography magazine out of New Zealand, D-Photo Magazine. Check out some thoughts of my documentary project in Bosnia, Mortar Shells and Cigarettes, on their website. What went into the project, reactions I had to the area, reasons why I took the photographs that I took. It was a fun interview, so check it out!
Despite my original instincts to name this post “Giggle-Fest”, I decided against it. Although, after looking at these pictures over and over again, I can’t seem to find a better description. I have photographed this family before, and it is always fun to photograph families again… especially when they have new members! (Also, can we get a small note about how different my photography has become in just the last 4 years? I feel like my style has come through a bit more.. something that I have been working on. Horray!) This family is great, and yes, it really was a giggle-fest the whole time, which you can see by the photos. I love the lifestyle look to these family pictures. Go to the website to see more lifestyle photography (including of some families.. which I can do for your family, P.S.) or go to the shop to see more from this shoot!
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Throw-back images taken at Fiesta on Main in San Antonio, Texas while traveling home to see family.