Hello October Snapshots

“A Diary of Favorite Shots” — October was a month of development. I had been investigating publications for my work, and I learned that the Marshall County Historical Museum needed help producing weekly articles for the South Reporter newspaper. The work offered experience in storytelling, and a foot in the field of journalism. I took on the project. In November, I’m looking forward to interviewing locals, and highlighting historical artifacts treasured by the community. I’ve also decided, through trial and error, to revert back to my former Instagram habits, and place an emphasis on street photography. Though there isn’t the number of people walking around in a small town like there is in a city, I think a lot could be communicated, and the subject will pair well with the niche I’m just beginning to carve.

Witches, Ghosts, and Halloween

“Witches, Ghosts, and Halloween” – a report from the Marshall County Historical Museum (as submitted to The South Reporter for publication the week of October 30, 2013) One day a year children can be anything they want to be. Well, almost. Depending on a household’s values or beliefs, the choice of costume for a child on Halloween has its limits. Some costumes can be too graphic, too risqué, too weird, or too “witchy”. There’s varying degrees of all of these things, and some costumes can, actually, be too graphic or too risqué for common decency. In terms of “witchy”, I relate this to whether or not a child is allowed to dress up like the stereotypical witch or ghost for Halloween. Some children are. I wasn’t. Instead, my mom sewed elaborate costumes that were pumpkins, clowns, Popples, and princesses. The Popple was especially nifty. For anyone who remembers the 1980s plush toy by Mattel, my costume even had a pouch I could roll myself up into and bounce around. In researching the origin of Halloween for this article, I realized how unintentionally Victorian it was for Mom to exorcise the spookiness out of my holiday. During the 1800s, the holiday […]

Long Island Summers

“Long Island Summers” – a report from the Marshall County Historical Museum (as printed in The South Reporter on October 24, 2013) Since taking the helm of the Marshall County Historical Museum as Interim Director on 01 July 2013, Chelius Carter and the Museum’s intrepid staff have busied themselves with a thorough inventory of everything that is contained within its three floors, a formidable task. The inventory process is being done to make the collection searchable, as it will be logged into a database, making it more accessible for research and help in bringing more visitors to our area. Though Lois Shipp’s daily presence is dearly missed, her impact upon the Museum and its immense collection assembled during her tenure is ever-present. The inventory process will be of help in planning future programs, thus ensuring that Miss Lois’ legacy will continue to evolve. The inventory process, though tedious, has not been without it “eureka” moments. In fact, if you were to take the tour at the Marshall County Historical Museum, you would uncover an array of oddities, old southern history, and estate treasures. There’s a feeling of archaeology, bringing to light buried treasures, as you take the tour. The itch […]

Web Media: FitSugar Demos

Screen Shots Enclosed ——– PopSugar’s fitness department, FitSugar, has been collecting workout photos for their ongoing web tutorials and demo apps. For these shots, we scheduled seasonal photo shoots with fitness trainer Jenn Pattee, where simple moves could be photographed and reused in multiple tutorials. FitSugar demos included yoga postures, aerobic moves, weight training, and running exercises. Below are screen shots of tutorials that featured my work exclusively, though other tutorials also continue to use my work.

Hello September Snapshots

“A Diary of Favorite Shots” — My struggle to find subject matter in Mississippi continued into September, and I pushed myself to be proactive. I used to shoot wherever I landed, with whatever happened around me, but with little happening here, I didn’t have the luxury of passivity. I used anything, and everything, as an excuse to shoot. Often, I came home frustrated. Other times, I frustrated the people around me with my restlessness. Finally, two weeks into the month, I felt like I was falling into a style that suited the south. I could put images next to each other, and they made sense in a group. I shot mostly still lifes, texture, and grit. When I found a common thread, I decided to give my iPhone a break, and I started carrying my DSLR everywhere. I wanted to think about archiving my work, printing it, and framing it. To do that, I needed to shoot larger files. “Hello September” brings together some of my favorite shots from ProCamera for the iPhone 4S, plus shots taken with my Canon 7D. All were edited with Lightroom. I still don’t have a groove for shooting. But I found some ideas for […]

For the Birds: Urban Roost

“For me, I can only imagine it’s much worse than when I grew up,” said Daryll Peirce. “Hot dogs were hot dogs, not pork, not meat, not anything, they were hot dogs. And I would eat them cold two at a time out of the fridge after school.” Daryll opened the fridge and pulled out a tray of eggs. His wife, Rosy, stood next to him holding their 2 year-old daughter, Poppy. “Everything now is prepackaged and totally removed from the source with colro, texture, ingredients, shiny packaging, cartoons, etc.” He held up a tray of eggs. The colors ranged from red, to orange, and green. Rosy explained that each of their chickens was a different breed, and so produced different colored eggs. “I’ve always felt the need to be close to my food source,” said Rosy. “I guess I sort of see raising chickens like an extension of gardening. I try to grow fruits and veggies, so why not try to grow eggs as well?” Daryll agreed that the chickens were “97% Rosy’s deal”. Having grown up near downtown Denver, Colorado, Rosy liked the idea of living on a farm. Her earliest memories in Denver were of her and […]

Hello August Snapshots

“A Diary of Favorite iPhone Shots” — In Mississippi I realized that taking pictures is a different experience than the Bay Area, and I worked to find a “voice” in the slower paced environment. As much as I love Hipstamatic for my on-the-go pictures, I decided to try shooting with ProCamera (also for iPhone) and process my shots with Snapseed to expand my options. I like the results so far, though I’m still finding my way. During August my Instagram and Flickr streams featured shots from both Hipstamatic and ProCamera, but, for the purpose of consistency, I’m going to keep this month’s “Hello” post a short one and only feature my Hipstamatic shots. “Hello August” features Hipstamatic shots taken just before leaving San Francisco, additional shots from the road trip, and shots from Mississippi.

Hello Road Trip Snapshots

“Favorite iPhone Shots From the Road” — In the spirit of my monthly Hipstamatic shots, here’s a small collection of road trip snapshots from my cross-country trip to Mississippi from San Francisco. From here forward, at least for the next few months or so, I’ll be located and shooting in the southern states.

Hello July Snapshots

“A Diary of Favorite iPhone Shots” — Pinole was a beautiful, but temporary haven. In entering July, I came to the decision that I needed to make a much larger move to get to where I want to be. July presents some of my last iphone photos from the Bay Area. At least for now. Hello July.

Web Media: Dartealing Lounge

Screen Shots Enclosed ——– This year I experimented with Facebook updates and photography for client websites. As part of the package, I updated my client’s website and social media with select photos from our shoots. The idea was to help tighten up the client’s branding by adding the extra polish of professional photography. All shots in this post were taken at Dartealing Lounge in San Francisco, California. You can check out the original media updates to Dartealing Lounge’s Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/dartealinglounge