21 Century Woodie Guthrie

My neighborhood is loaded with people walking down the street, young, old, disheveled, neat, people with a sense of purpose, people looking listless and crestfallen. They filter through, sometimes alone, sometimes in groups. Coming home the other day this man caught my attention. He looked like just about anyone else you might expect to be …

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

“Stop and get me on the ride up I’m only goin’ I’m only goin’ I’m only goin’ to the top Of the hill“ -TW Other notable posts on the theme Stephen Chapman Awl and Scribe Shmamaland Le Petits Pa de Juls 6ºs Photography Wind Against Current Flickr Comments

Iron Photographer #193

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 193) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – mesh2 – a leaf3 – vivid color Ok, I’ll admit it. This one got a little out of control and ended up looking like a …

Joshua Tree Part IV: Sun-Bleached Home

Lush is not a word for the desert.  Arid, parched, droughty, scorched, baked; waterless, moistureless, rainless; dehydrated, desiccated, parched, brittle, dried, withered, shriveled, wilted, wizened; these words fit. While the obvious lack of precipitation adds greatly to the shaping of the landscape, it’s that big, bright ball in the sky doing that hydrogen/helium thing that really affects the …

Joshua Tree Part III: Biting Flora

Joshua Tree is prickly. Even if you think you’re a careful person, you will eventually get stuck by something when you least expect it. My dog wasn’t thirty seconds out of the car before he received his first ever introduction to cactus needles. In the Mojave desert, cacti abound, as do Yucca Brevifolia (the park and towns’ …

Joshua Tree Part II: Mojave Power Lines

Straddling the northern border of the Joshua Tree National Park is a little town bearing the same name (obviously minus the “National Park”). It’s a typical small town in that it’s main street cuts through the heart of it with the sand-like infrastructure diffused, thinning outward towards the shores of nature. If you head towards the outskirts …

Joshua Tree Part I: Landscapes From Dawn Till Dusk

There is a point where the Colorado and Mojave Deserts rub up against each other. I’m sure many have heard of and/or visited Joshua Tree National Park. If you’ve had the opportunity to visit, you’ve probably noticed the photography fodder galore, especially on the north side of the park. If you haven’t been there, you’ve …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

The building of a lasting monument requires imagination, both on the part of those making the monument, and on the original thing to which the monument serves to commemorate. A couple of weeks back, I was given the opportunity to jump on a boat and get a closer look at something of an historical moment. Construction …

In an Instant

Who doesn’t like the look and feel of instant film? Depending on your age, you might not even know you like it. After all, if you’ve ever tried your hand at Instagram, Hipstamatic, VSCO, or any other photo-sharing app, you’ve probably very aware of peoples’ love for the tried and true “vintage” look of light …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Have you ever had the temptation to do something you know you probably shouldn’t? Was the temptation so much so that you were drawn to the point just before committing the act? Did you cross the threshold, or did you pull back? If you crossed over, what were the consequences? Did it forever alter your perspective, or …

Just Deserts

I just got back from the Mojave desert. I’ve got more than my share of editing to do. I’ll post the results soon. Till then, here’s a tease.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street LIfe

So I was pulling into Bakersfield, Ca., stopping off to get some lunch when I had the chance to look up what this week’s Photo Challenge theme was. The sense of irony was dripping when I saw the words, “Street Life.” The reason having to do with the fact that, lately, I’ve tried to do …

Iron Photographer #192

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 192) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a circle 2 – string 3 – black and white

Laptopless in Purple

This post might seem harmless, odd, or just the same old, same old. But, there is something different. Mainly, this is my first attempt at a post WITHOUT using the creature comforts of my good ole laptop. Instead of the usual stand-by keyboard and track pad, this post has been thrown together with the help …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Do you remember way back when? Remember the squeaky noise of bare feet rubbing against the varnished wood floor? Remember the anxiousness, thinking about whether or not you’d get everything just right? Remember what it was like when you first tried it out? You jumped at the chance when the offer was extended. Then you …

22 Expressions in 66 Seconds

Note: I usually don’t like talking about processes as they relate to whatever it is I’m shooting. Be it technical or creative, my approaches to shooting are based on what I think is needed to convey whatever it is I’m trying to shoot and not as attempts to mimic the work of others. I usually …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Son set the snifter down, then himself next to it. Three days straight, all work, no play, with only three hours of sleep a night. He was beat and needed something to take the edge off the blinding sunlight spilling inside his living room. Son looked at the glass, picked it up, took a sip, …

Chinatown of Old

Awhile back I did a street shoot in Chinatown, San Francisco, one of the more famous chinatowns in the US. Most tourists who visit San Francisco will find themselves passing through the gate at Grant and Bush an meandering around trinket shops, dim sum bars, and electronics stores. It is a neighborhood that will peak …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

I’ve never eaten breakfast under a highway before. It’s a curious perspective indeed. ◊◊◊◊◊ Other notable takes on the theme pics from somewhere A Meditative Journey with Saldage Blogagaini Photography Journal Blog Flickr Comments The Urge to Wander Retired2Travel Shmamaland

Iron Photographer #191

“Iron Photographer” is one of the several ongoing series (this particular one being 191) produced by the good members of Utata, a collection of “Tribal Photography.” this particular series consists of three elements: 1 – a kitchen thing 2 – something orange 3 – shot at floor/ground level

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