Anonymous said: Have you ever used a film camera? And if so, what's your opinion on them versus digital?
I actually started shooting on a film camera, before moving to digital when my parents gave me my first DSLR when I turned 16. I took a film photography class my sophomore year in high school, where we learned how to develop and everything. I’m really thankful I learned on a film camera, as it forced me to learn shooting manually rather than relying on the aperture or shutter priority setting.
I will always have a massive respect for film photography, as that is where it all started, and high-quality medium format film will always be more beautiful than digital. You just can’t get that kind of clarity or the tones with digital. It’ll always rule over digital in terms of quality in my mind. That being said, digital photography and the direction it is going is just remarkable. You can do SO many things with digital photography, especially now that post-processing software is so advanced. The capability of quick edits, posting to the Internet and sharing aspects of digital photography are amazing too, especially in the photojournalism world. They both have their perks, that’s for sure. But there’s something to the honesty of film photography; you can’t do what you can do in Photoshop. Dodging and burning in the darkroom is much different that using curves in Photoshop. Digital allows for much more manipulation, which can be great for fine art photography, but you also have to think of the truth. This is probably stemming from my recent involvement with documentary photography, but I hope you see what I mean.
Film is truth.
9:46 pm • 9 February 2014 • 2 notes
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I had a lot of trouble shooting and editing this photo, and the finished piece isn’t really what I had in mind… Sometimes you lose some to win some, and you always learn from experience.
This concept is about how sometimes you may find yourself dragging your own self along to go further in life, your career, your dreams, etc., with you being the only thing weighing everything down. In relating this to myself, I know I’ve done this in my life many times but lately it’s been constant and the load has been heavier than ever. I feel there’s something that is making me dig my heels into the ground and resisting the pulling from my own self, or the person I want to be. My motivation and contentment has been at levels lower than they’ve ever been in my 20 years, adding on to the drag on the path to achieving my dreams.
It’s time to break free of this.
7:28 pm • 13 September 2013 • 118 notes
It’s funny how some photographers, such as myself, become uncomfortable when a camera in the hands of another is pointed at them. This is an incredibly crucial feeling to have however, as I need to fully understand what it’s like to be on the other side of the lens so I can connect better with subjects.
5:19 pm • 2 September 2013 • 399 notes
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It feels good to be back.
12:49 pm • 26 August 2013 • 43 notes
Some major transitions in life come easy, while others are incredibly difficult: so difficult that you may feel fragile and susceptible to destruction, much like a dead leaf. However, after everything falls apart, it all comes together perfectly for the next step and the difficulties and struggles begin to lose their flames while the rebuilding and revamping processes begin.
This past year has been one of difficult transitions for me, but I feel my center self being pulled towards the direction of the end—beginning to look towards the fresh life. I hope it stays that way.
It feels really nice to be shooting again. My Photoshop skills need to be rebuffed, that’s for sure, but to have a relationship with my camera and creativity again is the most pleasant feeling.
3:41 pm • 11 August 2013 • 7 notes
Her Skin is Softer than the Feathers of a Dove.
Anniversary trip, January 2013.
2:14 pm • 14 March 2013 • 8 notes
"The Mind of José Panet”
This is a photo story I did on my friend José Panet, a 58-year-old sculptor living in Bellingham, Wash. Having studied and taught sculpting and painting in New York City and Italy, Panet was beginning to achieve international recognition when Hurricane Andrew pummeled the Florida coast, destroying galleries containing his life’s work, and, in turn, re-shaping his life forever. Panet was forced to make the streets of Venice his home for a number of years and eventually moved back to the U.S. with the support of loving friends. After a great deal of ups and downs, Panet found himself in Bellingham with no home to stay in, and has been living on the streets here for over 10 years. The incredibly talented sculptor has been living with Parkinson’s disease since his late twenties, which explains the shakiness of his voice in the recording. His work can be seen in multiple businesses in Bellingham, most notably in Quist Violins, where his life-size copper wire sculpture of a violin player can be seen from the sidewalk outside. Beginning of April, Panet will begin creating his next piece, and he asked me to document the two-month long process of the construction, so there will be another story coming soon!
7:23 pm • 13 March 2013
Photo illustration of the Swiss Red Cross’s cutting down of its donor blood supply to Greece due to the financially stricken country’s failure to pay its blood bills on time. Taken for my photojournalism class.
2:07 pm • 8 March 2013 • 293 notes
Always Trying to Hold You Back.
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I had two poses for this one that I had trouble deciding which one to use, but after realizing I didn’t have the legs to shop in for one of the poses I had to go with this one. The other one I was calm and not interacting with the arms at all, and I really liked the feeling that one gave. But this will have to do!
9:16 pm • 30 August 2012 • 229 notes
thesleepiestboy said: You're absolutely incredible. I love your work.
Haha I’m far from it, but thank you very much for your kind words. Your work is beautiful, work being both your photography as well as your writing. Please keep it up man.
3:33 pm • 28 August 2012
I’m sorry about not posting any photos as of late, I spilled iced tea all over my Mac and have been anxiously waiting for a week for it to dry out:( But I’m incredibly lucky and it still works fine! I have two photos that I was in the process of editing when the tea ruined my week so I’ll be working on those as much as possible! Thank you so much to my faithful followers for sticking with me and I’m extending my thanks out to my newest string of followers! It seems that whenever I don’t post for awhile I get a ton of new followers and then when I am posting regularly, I get just a couple a week haha:(
I’ve also been working over 40 hours a week and it’s cutting into my shooting time tremendously. I also sold my car and I don’t have a bike so I am without transportation, which also isn’t helping me out a whole lot:(
But thank you so much guys! New photos will be coming soon!
3:31 pm • 28 August 2012
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I don’t really know how I feel about how thin and wide this composition is but I liked the enclosed feeling of the rock walls so I thought I’d leave them in.
With only a month left of summer I’m really bummed about how this summer turned out… I was really hoping that I was going to get a lot more work done with my photography but I just didn’t have the time with working over 40 hours a week. Stupid college tuition and living expenses.
11:40 am • 15 August 2012 • 6 notes
Be Still, Gentle Creature.
As I was editing this I had an idea of having dragonflies flying all around me in the background and foreground, but I suppose this will do for now:/ This was a real dragonfly I found in my backyard! It was just sitting on a table on my deck, already dead and dried out. It was in perfect condition too, like as if the dragonfly died in its sleep…
I hope you enjoy.
3:05 pm • 6 August 2012 • 42 notes