Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Being outdoorsy

Living in Utah has a great perk for those who love nature... 

Lots of open space.

Just within a few minutes drive of my apartment, there are dozens of lovely trails to play on, so I go out with friends to enjoy hikes when possible.  These are some pictures from the first hike of the summer season.

This is Landon.  He decided it was a good idea to eat live ants...

... And Dallas joined in the feast.

We squirmed into a couple of small caves, but since we hadn't brought flashlights, it wasn't possible to venture in too far.  Cell phones only illuminate so much.

So, yeah.  This is me and some friends out hiking.  That's all.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

There's just something about food...

Below are a few more tantalizing creations from Leland Spindler.  He was catering an event this weekend, and I got to come ogle the food through the camera (and eat it, as well).

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Something like home

Have you ever stopped to look at just a small part of a thing?

Take houses for example.  A house is full of complexity, from the foundation and inner structure, the heating and water pipes, to the different functions of the visible exterior.

On my way to another shoot back in March, I found a crazy old house.  The whole place was beat-up and old cars were parked on the lawn.  I particularly liked the weather-beaten old roof with a skeletal tree behind it.  I liked it, so I shot it.

I didn't think much of the image until I started working with it, then decided to make a Van Dyke Brown print out of it in the darkroom.  The lone rooftop soon became several, and a series was born.  The personality of all the different houses drew me in, and the particular effect of seeing just the top - away from the doors and lawns where you expect to see people - seemed to turn the houses into beings in their own right.  Alive, but empty by themselves.

The prints are the final product, and you can see them right now at the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU in Provo.  They are housed in an exhibit on the 1st floor of the atrium with work from several of my classmates.  After June is over, the next chance will be in August in Ephraim (details forthcoming).

Until you can see it for real, here is one digital version.  It looks quite a bit different in person.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Once upon a time with a packrat...

Remember that time I went to New York?  We stopped by Jay Maisel's studio for a visit.  He built his studio/home in an old bank on Manhattan Island, and has a floor devoted entirely to curious objects he's collected over the years.  Not only did he give us a great presentation about his views on photography, he let us wander around to photograph his stuff!  Just a few of the pretty things I found in (and on) his building.

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