Posted on December 18, 2014
I got to shoot ASU graduation by tagging along with ASU marketing photographer Andy Delisle so I could shoot for fun. It was overwhelming with so many people, so much movement but fun to just wander and shoot for myself which I enjoyed. Oh and they release balloons, something about hundreds of giant balloons (as big as a small child) which is just so fun . . .
I love mortar boards, personal expression that now inhibits students from throwing them up in the air (my thoughts at least). Though most were personal messages or thank you’s to family members the student below had a political message, the first I’ve ever seen at least.
Posted on May 11, 2014
We got the chance to travel with Humphrey Fellows from Arizona State University to visit the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona/Utah. During the trip we were given a tour of monument valley, including different rock formations and mountains before dinner and some traditional dancing and ending the night in a traditional hogan. I was able to shoot some photographs of the fellows enjoying their trip and tour, I wish I had more images, but there are too many to share. I shot some night images before the moon rose and some of the cloud streaks are jet streams that continued throughout the night. We finished up the visit with a group portrait which turned out okay given the ridiculous nature of the Arizona sun.
Posted on March 25, 2014
Have you ever heard of Butoh? Before Sunday’s performance of Desert Sightings at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center neither had I. Butoh first appeared in post World War II Japan and based in the idea of turning away from Western styles of dance, ballet and modern performance and to rediscover and redefine what it meant to be Japanese (1). Artists Eiko and Koma don’t characterize their work as Butoh, but claim Kazou Ohno, a pioneer in Butoh, as a main source of inspiration. Wikipedia describes the performance style as utilizing playful and grotesque imagery, extreme or absurd environments and using white body make up with hyper-controlled motion. I suppose this area of quiet desert with thousands of petroglyphs butting up at the edge of the city, seems a fittingly extreme and nearly absurd environment.
We were escorted as a group to the area the performance would take place. There was a small circle with a pile of dirt in the center covered in candles and Eiko laying still in the center in the bright sun. A large bunching of palo verde branches were piled into one area of the scene and dried pieces of ocotillo and wood created the performance space. Koma hobbled/walked into the circle with a large stick and candles lit on the end. He lit the cake of earth and slowly began to interact with Eiko. They had created three small wells, each holding different materials. The first water, secondly a white mud-like substance and lastly a powder. After some time they began to give each other first the water, then the mud and finally powdered themselves. Their movements were slow and akward, reminding me of a placid horror movie set in the Arizona desert. I couldn’t begin to understand the decisions governing each movement, but I found the point is for the viewer to create their own interpretation of the scene. I still don’t know what to think, two days after the performance, but I enjoyed the idea of utilizing such strange and alien movements in a performance. I suppose it makes you question the idea of what constitutes beauty in performance and provides you with more questions than answers.
At the conclusion of the performance, which took a moment as the slow movements led the audience to wait patiently if perhaps Eiko and Koma would come back to life, the artists took questions. I found it interesting that different people in the audience asked for meanings behind certain movements. One woman noticed how Eiko pushed away Koma at one moment or the meaning of Koma dripping water onto Eiko. A performance like this one seems beautiful because its’ interpretation is so unique from individual to individual. I feel we as viewers wanted to see deeper themes of life and connection in the performance and they wouldn’t tell us what to think. Eiko simply said she wanted to make a mess, but not too big of a mess.
Posted on June 8, 2009
A picture of a high school journalism bootcamp. It was fun watching these kids as they talked about story ideas and media platforms. They have so much interest and passion, more than I think I may have ever had as a 15-16 year old, it’s good stuff to see.
I haven’t posted in a while because I have been on the move between the border and Phoenix, but I’m spending today and tomorrow catching up on work.
Posted on May 16, 2009
Graduation Finally! It was held at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gammage auditorium. Awesome building if you’ve never been there. Here are some of the pics
Dean Callahan rounds us all up
A couple from home:
Posted on May 16, 2009
More personalized mortar boards . . . I love this stuff, here are some from commencement on Wednesday. These are all my fellow Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, it’s been an amazing few years, amazing people and good memories.
Posted on May 15, 2009
Obama’s speech was moving and I can’t express how wonderful it was. Many have spoken about his emphasis on what we still have to do, to accomplish and I can’t agree with it more. I’m leaving my college unsure of my future and my career path and how I will even financially support myself, but I can take Obama’s words to heart:
“That is the great American story: young people just like you, following their passions, determined to meet the times on their own terms. They weren’t doing it for the money. Their titles weren’t fancy – ex-slave, minister, student, citizen. But they changed the course of history – and so can you.” – Barack Obama
I may be cheesy right now, but it really was an inspirational and moving speech.
Posted on May 15, 2009
And just a record of the thousands, upon thousands of graduates that joined me and while I loved the Daily Show’s investigative reporting piece into ASU I am proud to be a Sun Devil. Why not wear a bikini when it is 100+ degrees outside and sunny 340 days out of the year? And with 60,000+ population you know you get a little bit of everything. Ultra liberal, ultra conservative, international students form around the world, hikers, swimmers, dancers, engineers, artists, and journalists.
That is the beauty of Arizona, those I graduate with, well who knows what positions they might hold in twenty years? ASU attracts some amazing and interesting people and keep in mind that the people on the Daily Show represent only a fraction of the students I walked with yesterday.
Posted on May 15, 2009
So these aren’t great, but I love love love personalized stuff, like these facemask pics from Mexico City, so I figured I’d put some of the hat pics I grabbed while wandering around yesterday.
And my personal favorite representing the worries of all of my fellow Cronkite school grads:
Posted on May 13, 2009
So tomorrow is graduation . . . today was our rehearsal at Sun Devil Stadium in my hometown of Tempe, Ariz. And as if this weren’t cool enough, I was fortunate enough to receive an award which will put me in the seat pictured below about four seats from the left in the first row. I may not be shaking President Obama’s hand tomorrow, but at least I get to be front row.
Students at rehearsal listen to instructions
For some interesting numbers get this
ASU has a general student population of: 60,000 students
Average amount of graduates who attend a spring commencement: 3,000 graduates
2009 amount of graduates who have RSVP’d for commencement: 11,000 graduates
Sun Devil Stadium holds: 75,000 people
We arrive tomorrow at 3:30pm and Obama is scheduled to speak nearly 5 hours later at 8:00pm
The big stage!
And my dad all tuckered out