Thursday, July 26, 2012


After putting up 20 or so older (more seasoned) and newer photographs, I decided to change things up a bit. I got some lights, set up an ad hoc light table and took the more colorful bits of nature out of context.

I found that leaving this in nature before the picture was nice, but I hadn't really been working my composition muscles. Having a flower in front of me, without the support of it's native stem, sunlight, or in the chorus of growing things forced me to see what this little object was made of. I turned the subject. Took pics from above and below. I eventually found that there were specific striking angles, that really caught my eye. Even dropping the photograph's colors helped focus in on that unique geometry.

I posted several images on etsy, and they were able to cluster together other hand crafted items that paired well.

See this Summer Collection

I was so gitty! Anything and everything in my house ended up in front of my camera. Old books, oregano sticks left over from my garden. It seemed so much was interesting when I focused on the little things that made the subject stand out.

Check out this "In The Afternoon" Collection.

An etsy collection or treasury is just a 4x4 grid where an etsy user curates all of etsy products and picks the best ones that fit well together. To see these treasuries and see the new context in which my photography could be placed brings me an immense amount of satisfaction.

Here's another etsian's image that fits my mood after this exercise.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend in Vermont

This photograph is for sale and was taken while driving south on Rt 91 to Brattleboro, VT during a sunrise. This past weekend, I got to sleep twice in my minivan, got less than 5 hrs of sleep 3 days in a row, and spent the weekend driving around and photographing Vermont with my son, bro, and sis. Seeing mountain ranges that span so far you have to turn your head, and literally being so far out cell phones are useless has to be the most exhilarating experience. There was as much in the grand views, as the simple fragile landscapes with red rotting barns in the valley of green mountains that summons rivers to parade to the sea. Witnessing how expansive the rivers are and how far they span, is truly remarkable. Even a relitively dry river ways create rocky open caverns to show evidence of it's power during the spring. Driving across narrow roads placed on dams, and be scared is such a great thing. The Brattleborough's farmer's market brought out the best artists in all arenas (bakery, soap making, farmers, jewelry makers...) and have musicians playing an instrument in the square then seeing the same musicians play different instruments downtown in the same day. We secured unfrozen meats and seafood from the local butcher and fishmonger, and tossed them on a fiery grill. I've never been so fascinated by the sound of sizzling meat! The flame did most of the work, we just sat and watched the show. My taste buds were handing out first place ribbons to the wild salmon + hanger steak! These experiences can't be found in a book, on the web, or within 4 walls. They can only be found in the wild.