Somewhere near Truckee CA
A Place in the July sun.
Last weekend I hit the road for some recon and location scouting for an upcoming wedding I’m shooting. Virginia City Nevada is an amazing little town in the middle of rolling hills if you like history, old towns rich in character and really old architecture. I get excited about all three. I left Reno in a wind storm as billowing clouds were ramping up over the Sierras and dropping rain in the basin. I headed up Geiger Grade chasing the sunshine to Virgina City and the wind followed me as rolled into this small mining town. I was happy to have 4 hours of sunshine to explore, meet the caretakers of the Mackay Mansion and drive all over town. I even had time for a short hike with the dog up to the top of town to take in the view and capture the scene. Here’s the day. Take it in and enjoy the remains of the day. Happy.
Here’s a song to carry you along.
…my visual feast.
This is 365: I spent the last year photographing only with my smart phone. I didn’t set any rules just simply titled the project and let it evolve from there. Some months I produced no images, other months I produced hundreds. As the project evolved and ideas were developed many changes were made to what originally was going to be 365 images. It rolls and changes, I change my mind, and change again. Imagine a floating ribbon 1 mile long floating in the wind from a 100 foot tree in the desert. This is how I imagine the evolution of my project as it exists. Organized chaos. The editing process has allowed the project to evolve completely into what it is by letting the images speak for themselves.
The image quality of a smart phone is shit yet somehow I produced some arty images I wouldn’t have gotten with my Nikon. 1thousand 4hundred and 18 images, 12 months of shooting and 3 months of editing down to 99 final images. Ninety nine images is a lot to visually process so I’m only showing 12 here because I want the audience to make the choice whether or not to view the complete project.
She’s got her 4WD on and loves the back country but wants to be browsing the rags on typography, architecture, design and photography in the corner book and music shop on a Saturday afternoon…then we’d hit O’Leary’s as it’s St Paddy’s Day.
Happy St Patrick’s Day to all.
[…it just started to softly snow…]
365: A Study. One Year of Images Taken Only with a Smart Phone. I started this project in January 2011 after conjuring up the idea the previous December sitting on my front porch experimenting with a new camera phone. The settings panel has quite a few options for exposure control: ISO, white balance, resolution, widescreen res 3:2 or 4:3, quality exposure brightness which is very handy and the beloved effects options. It was here that the project was born. I had achieved an image that look like any photo my dad took in the 70’s with that funky color. [Retro Pink] Then the next shot I switched up the effect and got this dark, moody, evil cloud image that looked like it could be the cover to a book for a new world order cult. [Sky Rider] I loved it and from there I didn’t look back. For a while I was shooting just from my front porch at different times of the day with about the same settings and getting very different results based on the light. This little phone camera has been fun and I’m looking forward to getting a few images on canvas. Believe it or not the enlargements look good, a bit grainy but that’s my style.
This post is dedicated to Mr. Withrow, Mr. Davis, Mrs. Davis, KC, Pam, Stephanie, Kim and Tracy. We will never forget.