December 14, 2016 – Symmetry. It’s harder to find than you might think. I mean, symmetry exists by design in buildings and cars and… things, but finding symmetry in separate entities proved to be a challenge. I kept making shots and then later realizing they represented pattern more than symmetry. But as I loaded the newsvan after shooting interviews with USC football payers about making it into the Rose Bowl, I looked ahead and saw this. Landscape Symmetrical. (more…)
December 1, 2016 – Raise your hand if you don’t know what bokeh is? Don’t feel bad. I didn’t until several years ago when I asked my pal (and professional photographer) Shane about a lens I wanted to buy. His response was, “Buy it. Very nice bokeh.” Huh? So I googled the term, and learned bokeh referred to the shallow depth of field. As a self-taught photographer, fancy terms never entered my vocabulary, I simply knew what I liked and went with that, and I’ve always liked a shallow depth of field. Who doesn’t? (more…)
November 27, 2016 – In the Mojave desert, you’ll find abandoned things at every turn: homestead houses and mining equipment, cars and tractors, gas stations and cafes, especially along the defunct Route 66. The buildings deteriorate more and more every year until they eventually crumble into nothing. On our recent trip back from Winslow, I asked Brian to pull over in Essex so I could photograph this cafe and its stellar shadows for this week’s Landscape Abandoned.
October 5, 2017 – Every year we take a week’s vacation in October to hang out with our 100-year-old building in Winslow Arizona. Why October? The annual Just Cruisin’ car show, of course! Friday the cars roll in, then there’s a Cacklefest–basically a noise contest between the loudest of the loud–and then Friday night they do a burn out contest on 1st street, something you’d never see in California. (more…)
September 28, 2016 – The Motor Palace and I instantly connected five years ago. The more Brian and I bring this building back to life, the more our bond grows. Strange I find such peace in a place that spent most of its life as a pool hall, but I do. Too bad we don’t have more time together. During the year, Brian and I make several trips, but October is the big one, when we push aside the construction debris, and set things up all pretty-like for the annual Winslow car show.
September 14, 2016 – Sometimes the Universe perfectly aligns and the photo challenge drops into my lap, like this week’s Portrait Fashion. A fellow moto-girl (and phenomenal photographer) announced her new line of American-Made women’s coveralls (check them out here) so of course I immediately pre-ordered mine and guess when they came? Yep. This week. AND… she asked for a picture of me wearing them. Two birds; one stone. (more…)
September 7, 2016 – Food. Oh glorious food! Food is a big part of my life. Huge. Okay, yeah yeah, food is big part of everyone’s life. But Brian and I really like making food from scratch, nothing processed, minimal restaurants, taking things back to the basics, so this week’s challenge was a fun one. Artistic Food. (more…)
September 2, 2016 – August is not the most spectacular Landscape Close Up time in the desert. Everything is a vague shade of brown, hibernating from the heat and intense sun. Prettiest time is certainly spring, when the cacti sprout insanely gorgeous flowers, so incongruous to the splines. Even without the flowers, though, there is still beauty in the thorny patterns, especially when backlit by the sun. (more…)
August 24, 2016 – Oh boy. I seriously worried about this one. I have no children in my life. Zero. And photographing random kids on the street just seems… weird. Lucky for me, I was at the Santa Ana Public Library covering a news story, and it so happened they were hosting an event celebrating the readers in the community, complete with pizza party and a magician, and lots of cameras. I could have gone with sweet and laughing and charming, but man! This girl’s stink eye is too funny, so she became my Portrait Child. (more…)