Below is another addition to my ongoing project, On The Road; a series of non-manipulated photographs capturing the essence of a landscape in a very non-traditional way. Often my work takes me to remote or rural locations that require hours of driving to reach. The spaces and places in between offer their beauty as the miles roll by. With these photographs I hope to capture a bit of the soul of the land I pass and a glimpse into the lives lived upon it.
A recent weekend of heavy combat, fencing, and other Medieval and Renaissance activities provided a prime opportunity to create some visually interesting photographs with my new Fujifilm X100s camera. Combining the ability of the camera to sync with flash at shutter speeds faster than most cameras and this amazing event resulted in some interesting photographs. All are .jpgs straight out of the camera – not even opened in Photoshop.
Early morning, struggle to get gear into car – last of the coffee slides off the frozen roof. Thus this trip to South Dakota began but all was not lost; an emergency Redbull stored in the fridge replaced spilled coffee, and my attempt to capture a more ethereal portrait of the landscape seems to have been successful.
A moment before the long drive begins, I sit in my car and look at a map, or a map I’ve scribbled on the back of an old The Far Side page-a-day calendar or conjure up a map in my brain. I preset my camera to the settings I believe will be most likely to capture the mood of the landscape that lies ahead, or maybe best embody the mood of the driver. And as the car turns down the road, and the miles accumulate I hope to bring home something from On The Road.
Another two reasons I love this part of the country. Here two moody landscape photographs I captured recently during a trip up to the oil boom area of North Dakota and Montana attempt to capture a bit of the beauty there. These are part of my ongoing OTR project.
I used to drive I-25 to and from Denver and Fort Collins every week. There was a stretch of close to 50 miles where a subdivision was not to be seen; corn, sunflowers and cows ruled the land. Today much of that agrarian land has been planted with rows of houses. Below are 6 photographs I captured of those disappearing agricultural landscapes during a drive home from Wyoming.
The sky is turning from black to blue, the street lights click off and people begin to stir outside as I sit drinking my first cafe-bought coffee of the New Year selecting photographs for a blog post showing destruction and hardship from the drought. But first I wanted to offer this photograph, an addition to my growing OTR (On The Road) project, as hope not just for a less dry year but general hope for prosperity and a lack of smiting from the powers that be.
I couldn’t hope for better subjects to capture in moody black and white portraits than talented artists. Below are portraits of 3 of Opera Colorado’s Young Artists.
These are part of my ongoing series, On The Road, and showcase a place I love – any place miles from town.
Below are some of the photographs I captured during the days following the shooting at the theater in Aurora, Colorado. A terrible thing to happen, a difficult assignment to photograph, but I believe these photographs begin convey the emotions and strength of the community.