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At Home in the Water

At Home in the Water

My blog posting needs to be less sporadic. Trying to organize an artist’s mind is fruitless. Too many ideas and too little time to sort them. But hey! A new post yay! (finally…) In my Creative Digital Imaging class our assignment was to create five black and white images cropped into squares. They didn’t have to be cohesive, but I took this as an opportunity to create some images that really encompassed my love for bizarre things. I think it’s important to push the limits of your creativity, as weird as the work may be. When you are not afraid to create art, you let go of that impulse to edit your work, and the art really become something that is entirely your own. I approached this project with the phrase “I am at home…” Some people say that they are more at home in the water than they are on land (think swimmers, surfers…). But the overarching idea is that everyone has a place they feel most home at, and it does not necessarily need to be a house. Personally, I am torn between my little art room and Costco (especially during PRIME sample time mmmm). Your home, your sanctuary, and your place of peace; they are very important. They are essential for artists.

My model Lauren Spooner was such a trooper. Even with the small window of time to shoot, the waves we had to fight through, and all of the props she had to work with, she was incredible. At one point we lost the mug. But then we found it. And by that I mean she had to dive underwater and get it. I was hoping to get some actual portrait shots of her, but we ran out of time 😦 So expect those portraits at some point in the future posts!

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Long Hair and Evening Air

Long Hair and Evening Air

I love photographing Audrey. We went to the same high school, but never really knew each other. One day I saw on Facebook she moved to Santa Barbara, and I asked her to model for an assignment. She has been one of my closest friends ever since, and she is always saving my ass when I need a model ASAP. The best thing about having Audrey model is that she has so many expressions. My favorite is when she models with this sort of quirky, awkward beauty. She is one of the least vain people I know (and she definitely has her funny awkward moments!), so It captures her perfectly.

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A Pinhole Camera Self Portrait

A Pinhole Camera Self Portrait

Did you know that if you darken a whole room, and let a small circle of light shine through the window, you can create your own pinhole camera? Science man. After a lot of cardboard, duck tape, and a 30 second shutter speed, I was able to bring into my bathroom the image outside the window. I figured this was a sweet opportunity to create a bizarre self-portrait. As you can probably tell from my photography so far, the quirky and unusual things in life serve as a means of inspiration for me. I try to find things in day to day life that breaks the monotony of it; things that remind me that life can be interesting and exciting if I remember to keep an eye open for ’em.

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Morning Touring (with the Leica!)

Morning Touring (with the Leica!)

I have been meaning to try shooting around with the Leica for some time now. And I will admit…I YouTubed how to focus it just to find it really isn’t that tricky. Its funky. I like it. I ran around the house, coffee in one hand camera in the other; finding random things to light by window-light at 7 am (like my roommates stacked bagels…). Twas fun! Nothing like a bit of early morning creative brain exercises.

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Santa Barbara Lifestyle Video Reel

For my lifestyle class, I turned in more video than I did stills. My portfolio ended up being a video reel. I want to revisit this video and tweak some things, but the feel of the video is relaxed and fun, which is the most important to me. And it definitely shows my style 🙂 Enjoy!

Music “The Pull” by BlueBrain

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Beauty in Motion

Beauty in Motion

There is something brilliant about capturing motion. It is the action of stealing a split second in life, and converting it into something tangible. Humans are meant to move. So when you capture motion, the result is an image that expresses an important part of being human. These photographs were taken the same day as the “Modern Mermaid” shoot in the last post. Kristen models naturally as someone is comfortable in, and is one with her surroundings.