Structures and buildings are an interesting subject for many photographers. My approach to architecture and street photography is not unlike my approach to nature and landscape photography. I tend to frame a structure with its surroundings. I follow the lines of building or bridge to help frame it within its environment. I think it’s interesting to see how the area is reflected in a structure’s design.
I prefer to shoot with film in the city. I think the grain and imperfection of film lends itself nicely to my style of architecture and street photography.
For many photographers, making images of the nature is the ultimate challenge. It takes patience, practice and a love of the outdoors. Photographing nature, no what what time of year will always be a great love of mine.
Fear Nuttin’ Band
I caught this raucously fun band at The Manifestivus this year. The Fear Nuttin’ Band hails from Springfield, MA. Half of the six member band is from Jamaica and I think that is how this reggae/rock band creates such a unique sound. These guys sure know how to make a crowd go nuts. This show was so much fun I’m glad I wandered over to Backwoods Stage to catch their show.
Thing is a music event in Alsea Oregon, bringing together a wonderful batch of musicians and friends to one place in a remote part of Oregon.
One fine summer day Matthew was sitting around at home and looked upon the land and said to himself, “if you build it, they will come“.
Ok, that’s pure speculation on my part, but I can’t imagine that it’s that far off from the truth though. I know that 2014 was not the first year for the music festival known as the Thing in Alsea, but 2014 was the year I was lucky enough to attend.
There wasn’t a Thing in 2015, but word on the street is there will be another one this year. I hope I am lucky enough to attend once again. It was this glorious summer event I would meet some of my dearest friends and discover some of my favorite bands. I put together some of my favorite images from the best music festival I have ever been too.
Big bike race in a small town
19 June 2016, Nevada City California
The Nevada City Classic bike race is a great little race in the old gold mining town, Nevada City. It’s a fun race to watch. The riders head up a steep hill with dramatic turns and loop back around a long smooth turn downhill. It’s pretty dramatic too. It’s a hard ride, and these bike racers come prepared to go hard.
The narrow streets and sidewalks make it fun to watch the race. However, I don’t like the ugly orange fencing they put up to keep people out of the streets. I get it, I just don’t like it.
As I experiment with the talkies, I’m learning more and more each day.
I created some very crude stop motion video using GoPros and DSLR Cameras. They’re just a lot of fun to make. These types of videos of consist of a series of frames being stitched together in a video editor usually with a backing audio track.
I just do video for fun, its not really part of the menu, but I do enjoy grabbing footage from time to time.
Pinhole Photography is the simplest form of photography. It’s basically a camera with a pinhole for a lens. A pinhole camera is pretty easy and dates back to 1544 when an astronomer made a pinhole camera to make images of a solar eclipse. Modern photographers often make or buy a pinhole lens for their digital camera. It’s easy to do, but it takes a lot of patience.
I use a homemade maple box that takes 4×5 sheet film in traditional holders or a Polaroid 4×5 back for peel apart film. My pinhole lens is made from a very thin piece of brass. You can buy very nice cameras at specialty camera stores that use traditional roll film.
It’s just a lot fun. Check out Zero Image, their cameras might be a little too perfect. Check out pinhole.org for some inspiration.
Instant photography is alive and well, thanks to the Impossible Project. I am absolutely in love with instant photography. I have a couple of cameras and they are tons of fun. The camera lenses are not sharp, the color is never accurate, and exposure is not even close. It’s perfect for me.
The Kodak Duaflex series of cameras represents a very interesting era in consumer photography. Photography was still of a new thing when introduced. They are easy to use and they only have one shutter speed, one aperture. Some models have a do have a Kodar lens that has zone focusing and three apertures. They are a pseudo-TLR camera. Meaning that the viewing lens and taking lens are not linked. Focusing the taking lens does not change the focus on the taking lens.
I absolutely love this camera. It’s completely impractical in these days of digital photography, but photography is all about the process. We as photographers have our own process to get our pictures.
Another day shooting with And And And, this time we’re at band practice. I’m not sure that the average show-goer realizes as how much hard work bands put in. A band practice can go on for several hours, even superheroes need a break.
The only thing better than photographing musicians in a photo-studio, is photographing them in their own practice space. The band is there to do one thing, practice. This is how I was able to get images that I really like. it’s the only way to work.
I’ve been photographing And And And for a long time now, and these guys are just comfortable around me with my cameras. They tend to keep their guard down. There are plenty of photographers that are champing at the bit to get the access that I get with And And And. I do indeed understand how lucky I am to have this kind of access.
And And And
Photographing people is great fun, trying to get the perfect portrait is the goal. So we photographers must carry on.
Heather and Jon decided to run off and elope in New York City.
Most of these images were shot on a film, 35mm and a Hasselblad.
Casey from the band Minden gave me a call when he realized he needed a photographer to shoot stills for the filming of the band’s next music video. The whole video was shot in one long day. In Portland the weather actually held up for most of the day. Benjamin Ross Lyerly was the director for the video, and his crew were real pros. I was so glad I got to sit in on this shoot.
I got a call from Berg of And And And and he informed we were going to Treefort in Boise Idaho. I just said ok and I packed my camera bags. I’m so glad that I went. I tried to photograph every show that I could. This was a lot of photography to undertake.
Treefort Music Festival is not really the traditional multi-day camping music festival. The staff work with the local venues in town to put on shows over a few days. You buy your wristband, and it gives you access to the shows. There are a lot of shows and the venues are all over town. There will be some planning on your part to really see the shows you want. I tried to see Trampled by Turtles and the line to get in was 100 people deep. I wanted to see Animal Eyes and I knew they were playing at the Reef. I huffed it over there and I had to wait for Jumping Sharks and Jason Webley before Animal Eyes hit the stage. It was the best decision of the weekend. Both of those acts were fantastic.
The real fun part of Treefort, is all the people you get to meet. The fans are so pumped to see their favorite band, and the locals were so nice to talk to. I met so many great people, that I can’t wait to go back.
These are my favorite images from time there.