Year Two

In August I set an intention to not overthink things, at things things like photography and my work/life balance. I made a commitment to myself to get my school work done and then say to myself, “well, how do you feel?” If I felt good, I would go shoot.

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Second Year Perspectives...

It has been a little over two years into my photography adventure and I can’t believe how much I still have to learn. Every moment has been thrilling, challenging, disheartening and rewarding all at the same time.

I haven’t been able to keep to my intention to shoot less, I’m still very impulsive in the field; I shoot many, many images at once never certain which image is going to work best. I don’t know if that’s a result of a lack of confidence, or specific skill, but I still come back with a couple of hundred images each day I go out.

I’ve had to good fortune of a second show award, and was invited to contribute to another show though unfortunately didn’t make a final cut. Four different locations around the city have displayed my work in the last year, and that has meant many, many compliments and great conversations.

Staying close this summer and focusing on Colorado images was a grand blessing. I spent time with friends and family around the state, and learned that building camper van is much, much harder than I’d anticipated.

As always, thank you for following along on this adventure. Thanksgiving will mean a quick trip to Michigan, so hopefully some photography opportunities will avail themselves up north.

The worst heart to break is your own...

here is a duality in these locations that is so, so familiar; my hometown of Charlevoix is a tourist destination on the north shores of Lake Michigan, Estes Park, nestled in as the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, is every bit the equal of Charlevoix in its tourist attractions and souvenir purveyors. The Medicine Bow Mountains take me “up north, to the TRUE north…” The “UP,” Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  The UP is a mythical place, remote and empty, vast and stunning at every turn. This is how the Medicine Bow is; a place that time has forgotten…

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First Friday with Bruz

My first official artist exhibit starts Friday, June 1st, at Bruz Beers. I will be there from 6-9 pm for the start of the month long exhibit.

Bruz Beers serves a Belgian style beer in the Midtown neighborhood of north Pecos Boulevard, and they have graciously agreed to host my work for the month of June.

I hope you can make it out for the event, as it will be fun to meet or see you! 

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One Year's Perspective

With a year of this website up and running, it is with gratitude and awe that I look back. From the adventures around Colorado and the West, to the positive comments and interactions with you, this has been a year of growth, recognition, and sharing.  

One of the best aspects of photography is the seemingly boundless areas avenues for growth.  There is always a new technique to learn, a new composition to study, or a new piece of equipment to master.  There have been countless hours in the past year spent watching tutorials or inspirational artists, reading reviews and instructions, and simply sitting at a computer pouring over the various controls and sliders built into Lightroom and Photoshop.  This work has not only deepened my appreciation for the art of modern, digital photography, but it has also given my clarity in pursuing this path.  Landscape photography just "works" for me.  It feels "right" to me. That feeling of "perfect time, and perfect place" will continue to be my motivation.

At the recent art show that my school district holds for educators, my submission of a sunset at the Whitesands National Monument received the Best of Show award. This was crushing blow humility given the quality and variety of the other work in the show. My own art teacher, Beth, submitted three beautify, golden glazed leaf bowls.  I'm simply astounded by this recognition.  I have decided to also be more public with my work, and currently I have pieces hanging at Seedstock Brewery on West Colfax here in Denver, and in June I’ll be hanging more work at Bruz, in the Midtown neighborhood. 

Finally, I’ve had the chance to speak to our 7th and 8th grade art students about photography, thanks to the invitations of our school’s creative arts department.  This has been the most rewarding as I often times now have students approaching me to talk just about photography, either asking my opinion on their work, and seeking advice on technique, aesthetic and even equipment. 

While last summer was all about chasing the icons of the West, this summer I hope to shoot images that are more out of the way. Time lapse imagery and  nighttime images have gotten my attention, especially the Milky Way, so I hope to hone those techniques and compositions. Hopefully you can come out for my June 1st opening if you happen to be in the Denver area, and as always, thank you for your continued support.

Canyonlands Sunrise

Body of Evidence...

 So while it might be easy to "make" a black and white image, all this innovation doesn't necessarily make it a "great" image just because it is black and white.  An image still has to have composition, contrast, light, and good black and white qualities. 

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Where it began...

It was pretty much one year ago that I came home to a box from Amazon waiting at my door.  That box would contain something that really has profoundly changed who I am, what I do, and who I want to be.  It's kind of a shame I sold that first camera, but what I've learned in the process, and what I hope to learn in the future will always be because of that first plunge.  I headed up the the mountains with a lot of hope, and very little knowledge and no idea just how much my life would be changing.

I've been fortunate to have had many photos well admired, a few purchased and one that took first place in a gallery exhibit. Traveling to and from the mountains to capture their beauty, and cross-country trips have added to my creative pool, enriched my shooting skill and brought my wanderlust back to the surface. It has all been so very gratifying to share this work and this growth with you.  

So, back to the mountains, back to the groves, back to the Aspens I intend to go, I hope you enjoy this years features.

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Artist's Statement

I can't say that I am comfortable with the term "artist," much less photographer.  I do know I enjoy the whole process; being outside, see shapes and patterns and color and light, and tying them together.  Sometimes the knot is balance and symmetrical and it does exactly what you want, other times you have no idea what mess you've made.  Either way it was worth the exploration and effort, and you will have gained something for the future. 

That's where I am, I am ready to step into the future.  I hope this is just the start and that this becomes a better place to share my images.  Most of June was spent touring the great national parks of the west and south west, as well as the California and Oregon coasts.  I had time in Portland the Columbia Gorge, and while I'm really happy to share the photos from that trip, I know I need to make return trips to all of those locations at some point in the not to distant future. 

I hope this finds you well, and I will be sharing more thoughts on this particular trip @alma175w.wordpress.com  For now, enjoy this images and I getting ready to head out for rounds two and three of summer moro-photography adventuring. 

 

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something...

Winter and the Spring have brought so many changes. My youngest son graduated from college and my older son is waiting to hear on his application to return to college!  I've finished up my 23rd year of teaching and I have taken many photos that I'm happy to share with you.

I am planning a three-week adventure to photograph Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and parts of the Oregon coast in early June, and hope to have a much large gallery to share!

As always, thank you for visiting and thank you for your support.