bullet the blue sky

I'm currently in a blue phase, although I'm not sure why. Colour theorists say blue is a masculine colour associated with depth, expertise and stability, highly prized by corporate America. It seems strange that I would identify so closely with blue during this whole creative period (corporate America and artists are especially strange bedfellows), but maybe I am subconsciously providing balance to my creative energy.

At any rate, blue has been speaking to me lately.

This is one of my favorite pictures, for a couple reasons. First, I used a new lens, and let's face it, new things are exciting.

I really enjoy this sign and its simplicity, the sharpness of the letters and how it seems legitimately quaint. If there is one thing I cant stand, it is illegitimate quaintness. I also like how the sharpness of the blue, white and black on the sign contrasts to the blue, white and black in the background - the dark tree meandering into the clouded sky sets a nice contrast between the organic and the manufactured.

24.3.08. Cropped to 3X5, slightly boosted saturation.


all because of you

My youngest sister is an avid photographer. I've missed her since moving out, and getting together to take pictures seemed like a good excuse to hang out.

I had been been getting practice shooting outdoors, but had no experience shooting portraits. Nor had I shot black and white.

I'm hoping that this will be the first in a series of portraits of my friends. I'm envisioning 12-15 of these. So if I ask to shoot you, please say yes. Do it for the sake of art.

18.3.08. Boosted contrast and exposure, reduced lowlights.


the first one

I'm in the midst of an unusually creative period of my life.

My favorite thing to do on my Wednesdays off is to walk from my condo to Bliss Bakery for lunch. Since moving to Peachland shortly before Christmas, this has become a liturgical part of my week. In the eleven minutes it takes to walk, I will see, without fail, the nuclear Peachland family: a husband, a wife, and their little dog.

I'm still rather new to photography, and shooting in public can be rather nerve-racking. Mostly I'm terrified that I'll take someone's picture who absolutely does not want it taken.

I saw this couple coming from a mile away, and really, really wanted the shot. So I set up, fiddling with the camera, pretending I wasn't interested in them. When they hit the mark, without using the viewfinder, I shot from my knees.

12.3.08. Cropped to 3X5, slightly boosted contrast and saturation.