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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Figgy Pudding, Chestnuts on an Open Fire, and All That


Marcus during ChristmasThe cast: Marcus, Bonnie, Aunt Laura, Uncle MacLeod, Cousin Akian, Grandma and Grandpa Brunt, and me. The location: SoCal. The occasion: Christmas 2006.

Besides the traditional Christmas festivities, we got the kids to a plane museum, train museum, and kids museum. Then Marcus, Bonnie and I hit the road for a marathon 22.5 hour return drive, the highlight of which was stopping at Grass Lake between Weed and Klamath Falls, where Marcus ran like a devil and threw snowballs at his father.

Pictures here.

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

A Look at Airplanes


Over Christmas in California, we took my boy Marcus to the March Air Force Base Museum, where he could look at real, live airplanes! I’m not big into planes, by any means, but I enjoyed walking around and looking at the old airplanes. I took a few pictues.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kaylani


Kaylani

She had just changed her hair color and wanted some pictures of the new look for her portfolio. So she brought over a suitcase of wardrobe changes and we shot away.

(For those who might be offended, please know that this gallery has some images that contain nudity.)

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Vanity, Vanity, All is Vanity


I’ve played around a bit with self-portraits this year. Here are a few, in celebration of Halloween: the photographer dressed up as the subject.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Piper Poses


Piper Poses

I’ve been wanting to do some studio work–simple, stark backgrounds, loud colors, high contrast. It sounded fun to Piper (you remember Piper, no?). So we took some pics.

As often happens, it took a while to get rolling. There is an initial period of self-consciousness, of fiddling with lighting equipment, a testing out of ideas. But, in part becuase of the immediate feedback of digital, we started getting a feel for what was working, and we built on that, becoming more confident and free. My favorite pictures–as is often the case with studio work–came at the end of the shoot, when we were relaxed and having fun. Orange wigs, I think, help.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Spain!!!


Spain

Ten Days in Spain! Visiting my son and his mother, my best friend. Thousands of pictures.

Galleries here.

I spent most of the time in the historic university town of Salamanca (the image here is Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor). When I left for Spain, I had two goals: to take more photographs than I do at a typical wedding (easily achieved), and, as a photographic topic, to take lots of pictures of ceilings. It might sound like a strange theme, but the churches have marvelous, vaulted ceilings, each different, with crisscrossing arches. So I was always looking up.

Other themes emerged, sometimes conscious, such as deciding to shoot Salamanca at night. The stone from which most of Salamanca’s historic buildings are chiseled have a yellow hue, and the city officials have recently made the excellent decision of replacing the white lights used to illuminate the buildings at night, with amber ones. The buildings are beautifully lit, and the amber is gives the city a unity, and the buildings look as if they were built from gold. I love Salamanca at night.

Other themes emerged unconsciously. When I got home, I noticed pictures of staircases, over and over. I don’t know for sure what these staircases evoked in me–transition, possibility, timelessness; or maybe I just liked the lines. In any case, I ended up with lots of pictures of stairways.

Most of the pictures were taken in Salamanca, though some were from excursions to Valladolid and a few small towns. I’ve included the file names, which hopefully will help a little if you are interested in knowing what you are seeing.

I’ve divided the galleries into categories to make the images more accessible (click on the category name at the top left). The categories are not neat, sometimes overlapping. I put the pictures of the cathedral ceiling, for instance, in the cathedral folder, not the ceiling folder. I had lots of little choices like this. It disturbs my sense of tight organization, but seems appropriate for a city as vibrant and diverse and multifaceted as Salamanca.

I hope you enjoy.

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Day Tripper


Day Tripping

Eastern Washington back roads. Dust and potholes. Scrubland. Red-tailed hawks on fence posts. Rolling hills, sudden gullies. Dilapidated barns. Abandoned houses. Under a massive timeless sky of pale blue. Images here.

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