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01.26.12Children/Families

Avery




I
t seems like yesterday I was posting 2010 photos of Avery. It still remains one of the highlights of my year to spend a couple of hours with Avery and her mom. She's growing so fast and quickly becoming a young lady. Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of your life.....













01.17.12Personal

Just a Few Thoughts




A
t the end of every year I tidy up all my files and transfer them to a separate hard drive for storage. As I was looking for a place to store the drives, I noticed the thousands of transparencies that I had accumulated over the years lying in the cabinet. I decided to pull them out and take a look at them since I hadn’t done so in quite a while. At first I thought I'll would throw away the bad ones and keep the good ones. As I began to view them on the light table I realized... there weren’t any bad ones. No, I’m not trying to brag on myself, but what I began to see was that I had an emotional attachment to nearly every slide that I came across, even the ones that were badly composed or poorly exposed. When I was first introduced to photography there was no Photoshop, no Lightroom, no actions, and no digital cameras. Each image I shot, I thought about it. How should it be composed, how much exposure would it take. I would often wait for hours just for the right light. I knew the subjects I photographed very well, even if the subject was a butterfly or a landscape. And so when I look back over these images that I photographed twenty some years ago I still remember the day they were shot. I remember how the air felt and how I always seemed to be in awe of Gods creations. For photography... it was a slightly slower time, a time when just seeing, just being there was as important as getting the photograph.

































01.09.12Personal

Beckett




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eckett's our baby, a little bundle of energy that never stops moving or climbing. When I was a kid It seemed like I spent as much time in a tree as I did on the ground. Why my babies never were climbers had me puzzled, and then along comes Beckett. He climbs stairs and ladders and furniture and if you stand still for a second he'll climb right up your leg. He never stops moving and he notices everything. He loves to wrestle with Bradyn and he's pretty tough. I can hardly wait until he gets a little older so I can have someone to climb trees with again!













01.03.12Personal

Bradyn




I
'll never forget the time Bradyn and I were walking through the neighborhood and he looked up at me with those beautiful blue eyes and asked, "Papa, will you always take care of me?" I thought for a second and said "I will, for as long as I live." Then I said "Bradyn, one day I will be an old man and I might need someone to take care of me." He stopped walking and once again looked up at me once again and said, "Papa, I'll always take care of you." We've had hundreds of little conversations about things like that. He never ceases to amaze me with the things he thinks about.

Bradyn's my (go to man) when I want to shoot my old film cameras. The old cameras are slow, no auto focus or exposure meters but as far as material things go they are my favorite possessions. The images I get from them have a certain look that I just love. All I have to do is make sure my cameras are loaded and ready to shoot then strike up a little conversation about navy seals. For the next forty five minutes I look for those little Bradyn moments and capture them as quickly and quietly as possible without a break in the conversation. A week ago we had one of those sessions, at the end I said one more shot and that will be all for the day. Bradyn cut his eyes toward me and said... one more and that's all for this month!

Note: All the photos were shot with Fuji 400 color film and converted to black and white with no other post processing. The cameras I used were Leica, Pentax 67, and a Rolliflex.














 

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