Wednesday, August 31, 2011

From strange to stranger.

This picture is #1 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

I finally got up the nerve to start the 100 strangers project. I've been wanting to do it for months, but always had an excuse as to why I shouldn't start. Well, I started. And I plan on making it a regular thing.

Meet Dave and Susie Payne, whom I met at a beach along the Oregon Coast. I actually don't remember the name of the beach, or where it was, as I drove a lot of the coast that day.

Now, I am a very shy person. I'm not very good at talking to people I don't know. This is one of the reasons I was so intent on doing this project. I thought it would force me to get out of my comfort zone. I think the key thing is to not be self conscious. So what if people think you're strange? You're probably never going to see them again anyway.

So, I kind of just jumped right into this. And it just so happened that the first people I asked were more than willing to be a part of what I was doing. Remind me why I was so scared?

This lovely couple intrigued me with their stylish bikes and leather jackets. Despite the rough biker look, they were very warm and friendly :) It just goes to show that stereotypes are meaningless.

I can't describe the feeling I had after taking this. . .it gave me a much needed boost (I'd pulled an all nighter in order to get to the coast early, so I was quite tired.) Just doing something you never thought you could do makes you feel so good ;)

So, thank you Dave and Susie for not backing out when I told you that you were my first "victims" ;) I hope you see this!

My best friend took this. I'm so proud of her :) (Sorry Yona if I got impatient when I was trying to teach you how to compose the shot :P) [hehe you see that little red dot that blinks when you press the shutter half way? You want that right on my eye. Right on my eye Yona!]

Yona and I went to the coast yesterday to celebrate my coming birthday and we took lots of pictures so I'll be posting those soon.

I look very tired here. . .perhaps because we left for the coast at about 2am without going to bed the night before. I figured out that by the time I went to bed I had been up for around 43 hours :O

More info on our adventures later. . .I might write a long post about it if I find time.

wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.

wake on up from your slumber, baby open up your eyes.

Beautiful bones.

I recently did a shoot with my beautiful friend, Hannah.

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You consume me.

You consume me.

you consume me. like a burning flame, running through my veins.

save me, I'm swallowed by the guilt of this. you're gone.

Friday, August 12, 2011

I'm alive.

Today I discovered how much fun freelensing was :) It opens up a whole new world. . .
It makes me smile sometimes when I look at a picture and think about the position I was in when I took it.
Maybe someone walking past would wonder why I was lying on the ground with my feet in the air, holding a camera without the lens attached. Perhaps they would mutter and sigh, "kids these days."
But I don't suppose it really matters, does it?
It's art. We can do what we want.

Sorry for my absence. . .
Oh, and I'll pick the winners for the print giveaway later and post the results on my next picture. Thanks to everyone who bothered to enter, I know it was a hassle! But your feedback is greatly appreciated, it was exactly what I wanted.

Ask me something? Or tell me something ;)

yeah, I feel it in my bones.

yeah, I feel it it my bones. 4/365

like a rolling stone
an enemy unknown
I lose control
I feel it in my bones
like a rolling stone
you'll never find me on the high ground
I lose control

I cast no shadow on the grave
no one knows my name
I ride the wind of seven seas
gone before the rain
I am both friend and enemy
an object of disdain
living it up in the down and out
I roll with the foxes and hunt with the hounds

I draw disaster from the fane
like fire in the sky
I am the bandage and the bane
the furor of the fires
I stand alone when none remain
a creature of the night
I'll cut you in, but there's no way out
I roll with the foxes and hunt with the hounds

I am the death that makes your life seem good
I am the pain that brings you close to God
I am the prophet warning of the flood
I am the answer you misunderstood

I am the answer that you misunderstand
I do the evil that an honest man can't
I live in shadows that the enemy casts
I have no future and I have no past

lose control by House of Heroes. One of my all time favourite bands.


When lacking inspiration, do a cliche silhouette or hair flip. When desperately lacking any form of creativity, do both.

You'd never guess, but this was taken a few feet away from this.

I just felt like doing a square crop.