Posts Tagged ‘photography’

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Why I really moved to Austin.

Photos from SXSW – Part One

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Thee Oh Sees on the McGarrah Jessee rooftop.

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Thee Oh Sees on the McGarrah Jessee rooftop. People kept shaking up beers and spraying them everywhere, which was annoying.

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Sitting having a beer on Congress and suddenly a Gay Pride parade went by. (This was actually Sunday. I lied.)

Enjoying a somewhat more laid-back Tuesday before starting the all-out crazyface music-overload that will be the next four days.

 

This Was the New Year

Little Tree

It’s mid-March. Where has the year gone? It’s a quarter over. It’ll be October before we know it.

Foggy photo from October 2012.

#TreeCult

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A couple of months ago I visited a dear friend in Oklahoma City. On the way back I stopped by a little spot ten miles west of nowhere near Edmond, Oklahoma…to see a tree. Supposedly this was no ordinary tree; I’d seen pictures of it, heard stories about people driving out of their way to see it — needless to say, I had to experience it for myself.

Except it turns out it was 1) after ten p.m. by the time I made it out there and 2) so, so cold. I tried to take a long exposure photo but the whole thing turned out to be completely out of focus and looked pretty awful.

A loss, right? Not really. As I stood there sipping my hot cocoa, chilled to the bone, looking at this little tree (a dogwood, maybe?) I  felt this weird feeling of…well…of standing out in the middle of nowhere by myself but feeling anything but. There’s something to be said about sharing a spot with a whole bunch of people across space and time (some of whom you’ve never met, some of whom you have). Sharing space. It’s something we do every day, but I suspect we rarely think about. It got me thinking so much I’m devoting episode two of my podcast to it — but more on that later.

In the meantime, if you want to see some photos of the tree that don’t suck, check out geotagged photos on Flickr.

I made the illustration above because I was sad I didn’t get a good photo of the tree.

Home

Undertaking a project to document the place where I grew up. This one’s from last April.

Oklahoma Wildfires

Wildfires raged across the state of Oklahoma all weekend.

A friend and I decided to drive west. My heart goes out to all those affected — and to the firefighters who are hard at work saving peoples’ homes and livelihoods in the 110°f heat.

More on the fires.

Help the victims.

In Transition

April has proven to be a month of change for me, but despite the constant push forward it’s important to stop and pay attention to the details sometimes.

In this case, the light on the quilt-covered bed in the pink bedroom you slept in for a week.

Where You Are

I spent a good part of the last half of 2011 traveling. It was amazing for all the reasons that wandering is always so, but I sadly returned into a world so hectic that I’ve barely had the chance to process it all. In the coming weeks I intend to sort through the photos, journals and video I shot while galavanting around the country (and even, for a brief time, outside it). I’ll likely condense it into a few posts, but consider this a teaser and a proof of concept. It’s coming.

The studio

For a few months last year I rented studio space downtown. It didn’t end up being cost-effective for me, being that I’m a sort of anti-commercial photographer*, but it did give me the chance to coerce more of my favorite people in front of the camera.

I swear, these people make my job way too easy.

I have beautiful friends. Pictured: Katie Cunningham and Jillian Summar at Loose Leaf Co. Fall 2011, Grace Grothaus in her Tulsa studio, Summer 2011.

 

*not entirely true. I just tend to offset the paid photography I do with expensive stuff like “still shooting film” and “buying more old cameras”.

Unnatural Light

From the beginnings of my aspirations to be a “photographer”, I always considered low-light and night photography to be sort of my go-to genre. The very first photograph I took that I really felt was “good”, the first one that made me feel like maybe I was getting a hang of what I was doing, was a long-exposure shot I took in Arkansas outside my tent in the middle of the night (it’s on flickr here, if you’re interested). Though I’ve branched out a lot since then, available-light photography is still very near and dear to my heart. So recently as I’ve been thinking a lot about the “professional” or “commercial” work I do it starts to occur to me that I do very little photography these days just for the sheer enjoyment of it, which is a real shame. So I decided to get back to my roots and head out after dark with my friend Matt, a camera and a tripod. Here are some of the results.

Abandoned drive-in movie theater on old Route 66 west of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

Abandoned building, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

That last one came out looking like something from a horror movie or something, which was totally unintentional, but I like it.

I was inspired to write one blog entry every day in February by my friend Erin — you should check out her blog (and amazing photography) here.