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Month March 2010

Portrait of Elizabeth in Palm Springs

Portrait of Elizabeth

I spent the last week in Palm Springs, Vegas, and Utah. While I usually find it challenging to shoot while on a break, I managed to bring out the camera a few times. Over the next few days/weeks, I’ll gradually post work as I get the time to edit. These are photos of Elizabeth, someone I met while on the road.

NBC’s Parks and Recreation photo shoot: “Now the real art begins”

This week, the crew of NBC’s Park and Recreation work on a summer catalog. Great funnies ensue.

“Ann are you posing for an ad for hepatitis or a promo for a park?”

This could be a nice spot for an ad campaign: See what happens when you don’t hire a professional? ;)

Digital photographs, more is less, and a portrait of my neighbor Jens


Portrait of Jens

In August of 2009 I was hanging out with my neighbor Jens in Boulder and shot around a hundred frames of him sitting around our rooftop.  I archived the images and didn’t really spend that much time reviewing them.

Last night I was poking around my computer and randomly happened on these same photos again. I found this image of Jens as well as a few others I liked. There’s a good chance I wouldn’t have ever looked at these photos again.

One of the challenges with digital photography is that there’s a lot of volume – A LOT. Unlike the film days when you could appreciate a discrete cost every time you pressed your shutter button — which lead to somewhat conservative shooting — digital shooting is often approached with limitless abandon.

The result of this bountiful collecting of images? You potentially overlook good stuff.

Sure there are great cataloging programs out there to help, like Adobe Lightroom, but I’m also sure there are many interesting/strong/great photographs out there hiding in the digital archives of many amateur and professional photographers.

I wonder what Barry Schwartz would have to say about this?*

*Barry Schwartz is the author of the book The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less

The 2009 Iranian election, a camera phone, and photo essaying

In June 2009, Iran held its tenth presidential election and the Green Revolution or the “Twitter Revolution” ensued. From Facebook to Twitter to CNN, protests and the color green were everywhere. While I didn’t know enough about the election or Iranian politics to have a strong opinion, I did realize that there were a lot of folks over there who felt the will of the people was being ignored. It was an exciting and sometimes disturbing time to see a middle east democratic election in action.

Accepting that green was likely going to burn itself into my visual brain for a while, I decided it might be a curious exercise to start documenting things I came across that were green. I uploaded this first iPhone photo to Twitter along with the tweet: “in support of the greening of the twitterverse and the #iranelection im going to post photos of green things as I see ‘em.”

in support of the greening of the twitterverse and the #iranelection im going to post photos of green things as I see em

Over the next two weeks or so, I kept photographing green things and posting them to my Twitter feed. While the approach and the images weren’t all that sophisticated, it didn’t matter too much. My goal was simple. I wanted to experiment using the very basic iPhone camera to collect images loosely around a theme. Here are two other totally non-political images:

After about 30 images, I decided to wrap up my experimental Twitter photo project. Some of the images I thought were interesting, some underwhelmed. In committing to this arbitrary creative process however, I felt connected to people on the other side of the world. That result was unexpected and pretty cool.

Here are the other images:


Note: For the non-professional photographers out there, without all the fancy gearage, hopefully you realize that  good images can come from just about any kind of camera. You do realize this, jes?

Coffee with Boulder designer Karl Hirschmann

I was recently on The Denver Egotist website and came across a post about some local winners of Communication Arts Design Annual 2009. One name I had never heard of was mentioned: Karl Hirschmann. Like me, Karl works  in Boulder, Colorado. He’s a designer that has a shop a few blocks from where I hang my hat.

How is it that I don’t know this guy I wondered?

After a few emails, we decided to meet up today for some coffee and chat. The usual topics came up, the economy, art, and the Boulder artists’ hunt for creative stimulation.

We also talked about music and Karl’s impressive collection of jazz. Thelonious Monk is a favorite.

I left our chat stimulated and inspired. In these odd days we’re in, I think it behooves us to seek out our fellow creative brethren, have a cup of coffee and support each other and our work.

Onward!

Hirschmann Design: http://hirschmanndesign.com