A couple of months ago my co-worker, Steve Nowland, and I decided to shoot a quick promotional film for a local bike sharing program called B-Cycle here in Denver. We decided to go with the stop motion look and shot over 8,000 frames by the time it was all said and done. Some cameras were mounted to the bike itself while others were hand-held by Steve. We shot this in a day and pieced it together in Final Cut Pro in a couple more days. Have a look.
Had the opportunity to make pictures in slightly off-season type weather this weekend at Coors Field. I should be posting more regularly but things have been hectic. Also, I’m managing our blog over at Rich Clarkson and Associates,LLC as well. Go to the site and have a look there too.
I’ve never been one to make images of subjects performing for the camera but last night had me thinking while out at the weekly cruiser ride in downtown Denver. I started to think about camera awareness in relation to the given subject. Many of the folks like to get in my field of view and perform for the camera usually I let them do their thing and politely move on and observe from a distance until they forget about my being there. I started to look at several of these images with the mindset that these kids are just being themselves regardless of them looking into my camera or not. In a way every subject alters their behavior when a camera is present sometimes we just fail to notice so. The ideal situation of true personality often shines through after continually documenting one subject for a prolonged period of time. This is trust. As photojournalists we live for this. People letting us into their lives. For now enjoy some canned moments alongside of some visual observations. Cheers.
Colorado is known for it’s assortment of weather in the spring. Here’s one from the 28th floor of the Granite Tower as a snow storm rolls into downtown Denver.
Nothing overly special about lacrosse just the sheer fact that I’ve only managed to photograph it once before. That one time I quickly learned my lesson. Do not even attempt to make pictures behind the goal unless a very large bruise suites your fancy.
As I sit here and type this I’m left to think about what my life and career have been like for the past year. Changes. Sounds very cliche but the word rings true after the closure of the Rocky Mountain News in late February. Certainly good and bad, but mostly good. Make that great in fact. I’ve been thankful that I can be allowed to keep doing what I love by communicating with my camera. Looking at some of the images I’m about to post I can’t help but see how my style and my storytelling has evolved over the past year. Rather than thinking about the impending tax season ahead I find myself quite excited this time of year to see where I’ll be taken with this career and how I can improve myself. Personal projects have been the core of what I am creating this year and I hope to extend that into the new year as I form more fruitful and meaningful relationships with my subjects. Thank you all so much for staying with me this year as I post a visual diary from my life. Cheers.
Movember is described as a mustache growing charity event held in the month of November each year to raise awareness for men’s health. Having a bit of a personal connection to the cause I decided to volunteer my photographic skills last weekend at the Rackhouse Pub in Denver. Beard and mustache trimming at a bar. Sure. Try doing that in July and you might get a couple of looks. Fun event great cause. Have a look at www.movember.com to see for yourself.
I had a chance to spend some time with friends of ours Ben and Leslie this past weekend to make some images of them with their 1 year-old son Miller. It’s so much fun to document a family as they grow and change over the years. Cheers.
So last night I went back to the Collective to drop off some prints and only took one camera and two lenses. My intention was to give back to an organization that has given me their time and allowed me into their world with ease. This is something I have not done since a few years ago. I could most likely get up on my soapbox now and talk about how important it is to understand and give back to the subjects photographers follow. Now, if I could only work on being a better self editor. I hadn’t planned on making many more frames but I couldn’t resist the juicy light. Enjoy. Feel free to help me edit this down as well everyone. Cheers.