Saturday, February 28, 2009

HOG article

"Life changes with your first Harley. Your fellow riders, your new friends, each understands what the others feel when pressing the start button. Miles traveled with your children or with the person you love on a Harley are unmatched. To feel the excitement in the hearts of the people most dear to you... makes your own heart soar. "

This is 100% true and it's just a small part of
what I want to express with my Junior Seminar project.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jacksonville Weather

"Weather in Jacksonville, FL"

God I hope the weather is like this or warmer in march!!!

So this morning I started looking at traffic for our road trip to FL.
We are going to be leaving Raleigh, NC
around 8am and it looks like we won't really hit traffic.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Robert Frank "The American" at the NGA

Robert Frank's Exhibit in the National Gallery of Art

I had a chance to view this exhibition today and it blew me away.
Robert Frank's "The American" is beautiful sequenced
with four sections, all starting with an image of the American flag.
This series truly captures American people and the place at the time.
Above are a few of my favorite images from the series.
I don't think that individually these images say
what Frank says with the complete body of work,
but they are my favorites as individual images.

In the middle of the exhibition, they show a few of his contact sheets.
It was great to see how he edited down to 83 from around 28,000.
Seeing his editing and sequencing
definitely made me reevaluate my own sequencing.
It was also helpful to see how he cropped some of his images
and how much of an impact that made on the image and the series.
This made me think about how I shoot and my reaction to
the initial image on the contact sheet or on the back of the digital camera.
Sometime I feel like what I see is what I get,
but really its what I have to edit even further.

Robert Frank really put his grant from the
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to amazing use.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Jd and I are riding the bikes
to FL for spring break.
This is our trip plan for the way there.

Monday, February 16, 2009

An Unexpected Start

"Charm City Choppers"


So today I set out to start working on my Junior Seminar Project.
I stopped in Charm City Choppers to try and
talk to some of the people who worked there.
I walked in expecting to meet a few people and
tell them who I am and what I want to do then
set up a time to come back and shoot.
Well as soon as I said I wanted to take images of the guys working,
I immediately got invited into the back.
I was really surprised;
I definitely wasn’t expecting to be that welcomed.
I met a really interesting man named George and
got to know a little about him and
how he got involved in building and working on motorcycles.
I'm still trying to figure out what direction I want to take this series,
but I’m beginning to show theses people as individuals
and as a part of the culture.
This is definitely a project that is
completely out of my comfort zone.
Any input is more then welcome.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

So i ordered Amy Stein's Book "Domesticated"
forever ago and it still hasn't showed up.

I'm hoping that it's because
i ordered the signed copy.

I hope I get it before
she comes to mica on April 1st.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009