My final image, as you can see I went with a more ghostly approach this time.
We shot this at a place called Govan. It is an abandoned town in eastern washington that is presumed to be haunted. We left on a friday around 2pm to drive 4 hours, and didn’t get home until 2am the next morning.
This quarter we were given the opportunity to take a class about product photography-something that I do occasionally for clients, but always want to experiment more with. Here are a few examples of product photographs I’ve taken this year.
One of my favorite waterfalls in washington, and also one of the largest waterfalls in washington: Palouse Falls.
The other month my sister, and our friend Eugene and I woke up early to drive 4 hours out to this beautiful place for a day of exploring. we stopped at an abandoned house on the way, which had birds living in the walls and glass covering the floor.
At the beginning of the quarter Kasi and I tried to motivate ourselves in the morning by waking up for sunrise. We’d crawl out of bed at 4:45am to get to the beach by 5:30am. Eventually we started staying up too late, and the sun starting rising too early. But for those few weeks we had a little extra happiness melt into our days.
My friend Ian who was fishing in Alaska came down to Seattle for a few days during spring break and then whisked me away to the sea with him. I told him about this peaceful place called Shi Shi, and we piled our gear into the car and headed off late in the day. It was hot out and my air conditioning is broken so the entire car trip consisted of windows down and sweaty butts against leather chairs.
The night before we made it to the beach we found a closed road in the lower queets valley river. Our bodies were restless so we ran around the forest, and I took photographs of the long hairy moss. Ian taught me how to skip rocks and then dared me to jump in the water. I tried to avoid swimming earlier that day by suggesting that we do it in the morning, but Ian called me on my bullshit so in I went. Well, by the time I was trying to dry myself off (without a towel) the sun was setting behind the trees, so we decided to find camp. There was a little place next to the river bank for us to set up our tent and eat food in the trunk of the car and I felt happy to have discovered this part of the world.
In the morning there was a thick layer of mist over us, and I was glad that I had not agreed to go swimming after waking up.
Ian and I left for a few days during spring break and headed north towards a beach called Shi Shi. He offered to drive and we made our way slowly to find camp. We left late in the afternoon, and it was hot out. With no working air conditioning in my car, we rolled the windows down and let the sound of the wind play over our music. Ian was in no rush and let cars fly by him over windy roads, wondering out loud about people always rushing to their final destinations. There are long moments of silence between the two of us, and it makes me feel uncomfortable so I stick my head out of the window to catch some air and watch the cars behind me.
We listen to more wind and more music and then we pass by a sign that says “come as you are.” I think about Kurt Cobain for a second and then realized we have reached Aberdeen. It’s a small town separated from the rest of the highway by bridges, and it has a walmart. We stock up on food, I buy fuel for the stove, a box of wine, and with low expectations Ian grabs a $4 day old pizza.
We hike 3 miles to my favorite little cove and immediately start building a home for ourselves out of drift wood. We joke about being on the tv show Naked and Afraid because we have epic team working skills. The sun goes down and we watch the rocks as they turn into strange silhouettes that look like fishermen. As we sleep mice run over us, and I figure they must like our home as much as we do.
It’s finals week, so I’ve been working hard finishing some projects.
The largest project we had was Film Noir, between moving and trying to sort my life out this project was really starting to stress me out. We had to design and build a set, and then photograph an image with a story.
I was inspired by the idea of science-fiction and film noir blending into one genre, such as the movie Blade Runner. So I went in a little bit of a different direction compared to the others in the class.
Here’s my final image:
I’m happy with how it turned out, and want to take more now!
Our other project was to create a video of any kind, for film studies so we did something a little bit weird, and a little bit funny.
We had to include someone pouring water in the video, flowers, and someone receiving news.
March started off with me packing up all of my belongings into boxes and being homeless, sleeping on my friend’s couches with a little fleece blanket. Normally this wouldn’t bother me, after all I find that I get most of my energy from being around other people and tend to surround myself with others whenever possible. I live out of my car during the summer and spend most of the time sleeping on the forest floor or curled up in the back of my subaru because I like waking up to the smell of dew and chipmunks stealing cookies from my bag. But sleeping on a couch while still haven’t 7am obligations every morning is tiring. I’ve taken a ferry to whidbey island three times in the past week and a half, drank too much but danced the hang over away, organized a big art show, made two films, taken hundreds of photographs, learned to play neil young on a harmonica, started an ultimate frisbee team, and napped in the sunshine.
An experimental video I made for film studios on the changes in sensory input during the stages of sleep.
There are a multitude of inspiration blogs on the world wide web these days. I myself, tend you visit many a blog on the regular. Today I will share with you three of my favorite blogs so that you too may be inspired.
Ignant refers to themselves as more of a “magazine” versus a blog, but it is an online magazine regardless. As they say in their about me, Ignant is a curated selection of some of the finest work (in their opinion) available in Photography, Art, Design, and architecture. The blog is easy to navigate and is updated every day. They tend to post full articles on the people behind the creations instead of just posting the work.
Besides merely featuring artists, they also sell artisan products on their website.
Featureshoot is one of my favorite resources when looking for new or beautiful photo series. It is exclusively photography, and is curated by a couple of writers who interview the photographers and then post images from the series online. They also post daily, and give photographers a lot of exposure. They feature people who submit as well, and often if you have submitted something they will email you asking for more! They run a lot of curated art exhibitions and have a contest every year.