After Ashley and I tried to kill my cameras by shooting in the rain, we dried off in the sun and then headed over to Kristyn’s studio where Kristyn drew Ashley while I documented the whole thing on video. I’ll get right on uploading that after I’ve had some sleep.
Rain Is Worth The Sacrifice on Flickr.
I half drowned my new SX-70 for this shot and it was totally worth it.
Ashley here came up from Florida for the week to visit some friends from college, one of which happened to be Amanda, one of my models that I’ve know for years. She came up about a year ago and I missed her, but this time we met up and headed over to USC’s campus to wander around in the drizzle that’s been falling on the city all week.
There’s so much I want to write about her, but it couldn’t fit half what I learned about her yesterday on this post. She’s a wonderful photographer, well traveled, and very fun to run around in the rain with.
She’d always wanted a photo of herself in the rain, so when the sky’s waterworks picked up she didn’t shy away from getting wet like most models would. I’d never pass up an opportunity like that, so by the time I got the shot above my Polaroid camera was leaking water and I swore my digital camera was gonna spark and short out.
Never thought I could top the fun I had last month, but Thursday was definitely a day to remember.
The Heart of a Place on Flickr.
Amanda got a new place, so I christened it with this shot.
It’s been a long time since she’s been on my photostream hasn’t it? That’s what happens when people get a regular 9-5 and have to behave like an adult (her, not me).
This shot came about as a side project to my main Kickstarter project (www.kickstarter.com/projects/tododelsur/place-or-thing). One of my ever so generous backers had a request, to see what the essence of Columbia was through my eyes; for me to show him what I summed this place up for me.
That is a terribly huge question. I’ve lived here for 26 years, I was born and subsequently have been stuck here for my entire life. It took a lot of thought, but I found a handful of places that meant something, but I also took 3 portraits. For me, so often the places that matter only have meaning because of the people I’m with. I’ve know Amanda for years, I’ve taken dozens of photos of her and nearly been drowned by torrential rain with her on several occasions. The way I see it, she’s worth more than all of the places we’ve been to.
The Tapp’s Building, My Second Home on Flickr.
My first instinct is never to take a photo of a building, or a tree, or something not human. But I’ve seen that instinct in others; I’ve seen amazing perspective on nature and the small things that you bypass and overlook, and I’ve seen people be reduced in size, encompassed by a scene and the world around them.
I want to learn to do that too. Why? Why not. I learn from a large number of photographers all over the world by observing their work and seeing how it relates to what I love, and there’s can only be good things that come from photographing that which does not live and breathe, and those things that live but do not communicate with words.
So, for two months I’m going to take an Impossible Project shot of a thing, or a place. There will be hours where I just wander around looking for something worth photographing. There will be many instances where I just stare up at buildings while standing in the median, traffic wondering what this weird guy with an old camera is doing.
If you’d like to keep up with my progress, or even get your hands on a collection of the best shots, I’m running a Kickstarter project here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/tododelsur/place-or-thing
If I don’t get swamped with life, I’ll be posting each shot daily during the months of June and July over on the Kickstarter page. Join me as I hurt my brain trying to compose a shot of many things that don’t have faces for me to focus on.