A few of the guys from the office took an excursion this weekend. It was great to get outside. We decided to hike Polly's Branch, recommended to me by @thegoodnewsmuse on Insta. Turned out to be a fantastic hike, just like she said. Here are a few portraits of the guys.
Last Saturday, I shot my first Louisiana Tech game post graduation. It felt different. I wasn’t shooting for a Tech publication. As a matter of fact, I was mostly shooting the University of Houston for the Associated Press.
This time I couldn’t wear my “relaxation pants,” an old v-neck and a backwards Tech hat. Even though no one would have cared if I wore my Tech hat, I left it in the car…
I shot the game, left early to make deadline and promptly forgot about it because I was in weekend mode.
Today I saw that my images made it into several large newspapers including The Houston Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner and The Austin Statesman. Thanks to my great friend Johnny, I was able to see my name in print and not just online.
While this is a routine happening when you work for Gannett, its always encouraging to see my work leave Monroe.
A recent discussion in my photography class was focused around Richard Avedon’s series on the American West. The faces are so vivid and the expressions are unique. Avedon’s style intrigues me and I find myself wanting to try his techniques on capturing a person with their guard down.
To do this, I have decided that I must try this out in a town in which I do not reside. So, after this quarter is over, I am planning on embarking on a mini road-trip, destination unknown, to push my photography to the next level.
Not having the access, time or money to shoot medium or large format, a 35mm Nikon FE with a prime 35mm f/2 or 50mm f/1.8 will serve my purposes perfectly. A couple cases of Kodak TMAX 400 B&W that I found rotting away in a dark closet, will be my diary.
I have yet to nail down my formula, debating issues of environmental vs. studio backdrop, head shots vs. waist-up vs. full length- several issues that I will continue to iron out.
I have often wanted just to leave, to get in a car and just drive, making images and memories.
This was the push I needed, and I will make it happen.