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 December 15, 2014
Flamour Academia de Moda held a fashion show of their students’ work at Tempe Center for the Arts. This was my first and only fashion show and on a visual level it was so intriguing. Between the girls, their colorful dresses and the crazy poor light. Many of the girls had been there for hours preparing for the show with their family and friends. It was just a great event that I was invited to the evening before by one of the model’s mothers and it was really the highlight of my week.
Posted on November 12, 2014
Sometimes it’s nice to head out and just shoot for myself and I remember shooting this parade seven years ago for the East Valley Tribune. Full of stress of getting names, taking newspaper appropriate photographs so it was enjoyable to just go out and shoot for myself. The image above was on my way out, a little girl scout was holding a flower she just picked with her friends. There was something so nice about the children, who don’t care about staying on the sidewalk or screaming and jumping while holding little flags. There isn’t as much reason in their actions as just enjoyment of a moment and it makes them wonderful to photograph.
Posted on September 14, 2014
On 9/11 I visited Tempe Town lake to see the flag memorial, one of the largest in the country, and I was struck by how many items were left behind at the base of many of the flags. According to one worker, only one flag belongs to a native Arizonan, but clearly there are many connections that I don’t understand. This morning at 6 a.m. the tear down of the memorial began and I decided to photograph the items that were left at the bases of the flags, or tied to them. These ranged from flowers, to photographs and in some cases ribbons showing who were first responders. One flag had a photograph and small stuffed tiger and it makes me wonder about these mementos and those who came and left them behind.
I also photographed the tear down of nearly three thousand flags, which couldn’t have been possible without the hundred plus volunteers that materialized seemingly out of nowhere before 6 a.m. and had every flag down and packed before 8 a.m.
Posted on September 11, 2014
I am trying to shoot a photograph every day and post them online so today I decided to visit the 9/11 memorial at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz. I shot using only available light, which meant a high ISO and slow shutter speeds. I think I’ll likely attend the takedown ceremony on Sunday at 6 a.m. as well.
Posted on September 9, 2014
Yesterday all of Phoenix, Ariz. was hit by record rain, more than the previous 1933 record. The state needs all the rain it can get, and it’s refreshing to see the valley come to life following the massive water deluge. The city received more than 3 inches of rain, which is more characteristic of the total rainfall for July, August and September. I found a variety of people trying to make their way out of Vista del Cerro Drive in Tempe, Ariz. where a car stalled and students played in the rain after their school was cancelled.
Posted on March 17, 2014
I had a great opportunity to go out and shoot spring training at a variety of stadiums around the Phoenix Valley area for a freelance assignment. I loved the fans, and during some down time I was able to shoot some portraits from the different stadiums. It’s Arizona sunlight, but I still enjoyed shooting these.
Posted on February 10, 2014
What I’ve enjoyed most since returning home is being able to spend time with my family. They’ve always been a constant point in my wanderings. Now there is Camille, my niece, whom I’m getting to know and she was an infant when I left to Africa for three years. I’m trying to document her as she grows up and today I shot some nice photographs of her playing in light. I’ll continue adding photographs of her as she grows up and I finally get to see it.
Posted on February 1, 2014
Posted on July 28, 2009
Image of the Virgin of Guadalupe with prayer card, this project is nearly wrapped up.