Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sequins and Unmentionables





 Street markets; Amsterdam & Gent.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tree study, desert


Tree Studies is one of several projects in progress I keep coming back to. I don't have any highly-intellectual reasoning behind making these photographs (and I'd like to work on a more creative name); it's really just about shooting for the of my subject and photography. 

I do love trees. So simplistic, I know. They've provided air, shelter, nutrition and beauty to humans and so many earthly creatures since who knows how long.  The varieties and seasonality are visually fascinating to me. I have yet to geek out enough to tell you what kind of tree that is in the picture above...but look at it!

One of the goals I set for myself before my next birthday is to finally make a book of my work...something clean and simple for our home and my memories. If anyone else likes it and wants to own a copy - hooray! Anyway, I think Trees will be the common thread between the images in my book. I can't escape them, nor do I want to.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Parque Maria Luisa



I've been surprised to find myself missing Sevilla lately. We haven't been settled for long yet, and I didn't think I'd miss being overseas so soon!

There isn't one thing in particular that's tugging at my heartstrings; I think it's the combination of willy-nilly-do-as-we-please days with Greg and the delicious food (why yes, I am planning on making carrillada soon!) I miss the most.  The non-stop exploration was pretty great too.

It's a little bittersweet to post the very last two images from Sevilla I want to share.  I'll just have to go back and make more pictures. Pobrecita ;)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Desert


















A little over a year ago I took a few days to explore the desert outside San Diego.  I scanned them in shortly after the trip and then started down the crazy path that took me to Europe, Charleston, etc...so finally, I'm getting around to really thinking about/looking at them.  

The images above are a smattering of places I stopped along the route, quick and dirty scans to get them out in the world before something else distracts me.  I've realized that one of the major hold ups with my photography is being out of the darkroom. I spend all day at work in front of the computer so the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a monitor when I get home. Hence all the time I spend in the kitchen, sewing, or in restaurants/bars. I miss the darkness, the chemistry, being on my feet for 10 straight hours and forgetting to eat because I'm so engrossed in what I'm doing (probably the only thing in this universe that makes me forget about food).  But, I really have to move past this if I'm going to keep moving forward photographically.  I wonder how many color darkrooms even exist in this country (or this world?) anymore.  Anyway, the first step in overcoming a problem is identifying it, right?


Friday, July 20, 2012

Portraits of People I Don't Know (Yet)

On my way to orientation, just outside Early Branch, SC
June 14, 2012 

My neighbor Charles, who walks laps around the block each and every night. He is originally from Bangalore and has lived in 4 houses on my street in the 25 years he's been here...including mine.
June 12, 2012 


Cyrus, on his way to the pawn shop. I thought his outfit was very nice; 
he is actively looking for work.
June 12, 2012

I saw the work of Josephine Dvorken just before I started my new job, and just after I moved here. Her beautiful photography reminded me how fun and interesting it is to photograph strangers, and I thought revisiting this type of work would be a perfect way for me to connect with my new hometown/state.   

I'm off to a very slow start but I'd really like to keep it up. The spontaneous interactions are wonderful.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Thanks Mom & Dad


Today is my birthday, so I thought it'd be a good day to thank my mom and dad for...well, me.  I am really happy to be here...it's been a fantastic 29 years :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Morocco #4





Friday, July 6, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Essouira #1





Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Magical Morocco (Happy 4th of July)


 




 




An assortment of images from our time in Morocco.  Visually, not an Americana post. But traveling through Morocco was really eye opening and made me appreciate everything we have here in the States on a whole new level. Sure, some things about our country are totally screwed up, but everybody's got their something.  If we didn't have something to improve on, what would we strive for?

Morocco changed my life in more ways than one. 19 days + 5 villages + 1 hammam + 100 tagines with loaves of bread= total culture shock. Awesome.