I love portraits of people.
I love taking them.
I love looking at them.
I can’t remember where I read it, but one time I saw a quote from a photographer who said that you have to fall in love a little with each person you ever photograph.
This, as odd as it seems, is not completely impossible.
Sure, it’s easy to look at a young pretty girl and “fall in love” for a brief moment while I snap photos of them. Attractive people are easy, one would think. And the supposed challenge(s) are people who aren’t traditionally attractive; Overweight, over skinny, older, zitty, bad hair, blotchy skin, etc. etc.
Around a month ago, I photographed singer/songwriter Charlotte Cardin. She’s incredibly impressive. Her vocals are great. Her lyrics and depth-filled approach are stunning.
I could easily have a crush on her.
I wanted to do an edit to her photo that resembled my take on her complexity as an artist and came up with the above. I feel like i need to revisit it as I see some photosloppyness (sloppiness).
But I love the essense nontheless.
Below the fold is a version of what I started with.
Check out some of her work here and here.
One of the funnest things I’ve ever done was challenge myself to create weekly vLogs for a while a year or more ago. We got busy and I got out of practice.
I’ve done vLogs intermittently over the last 10 or more years. To think, there are people who do them daily. I can’t keep up.
This one took me months to complete. It’s from our trip to Asheville back in August.
Like you, I’m heart broken, confused and angry as hell about yesterday’s mass shooting in Texas.
With every mass shooting, one of my favorite bloggers, Jason Kottke, responds with a post in which he shares the same material every time. I think it’s a wise use of his time.
I’m going to link to his post here in response to yesterday’s shooting. I feel more and more depressed that we live in a country so mismanaged when it comes to guns and of mental illness. Our president’s response at a press conference in Japan was so painfully ignorant
Mind you, I’m not against gun ownership. But common sense conversations about gun ownership and the owners behind them should be on the table.
Either that or we need massive expansion of metal detectors in every public place imaginable … hotels, malls, grocery stores, Target, Kmart, Walmart … and could you fucking imagine … churches.
One standout part of Kottke’s post is this:
The gun is not a mere tool, a bit of technology, a political issue, a point of debate. It is an object of reverence. Devotion to it precludes interruption with the sacrifices it entails. Like most gods, it does what it will, and cannot be questioned. Its acolytes think it is capable only of good things. It guarantees life and safety and freedom. It even guarantees law. Law grows from it. Then how can law question it?
A designer friend of mine posted the above “Policy & Change” image to her Instagram this morning. I thought it belonged here as well.
When I was growing up, I stared out the window and imagined a kid on a bike riding beside the car tricking off houses, hills, ramps and whatever.
Whenever I ride as a passenger, I still do it. With the occasional imaginary trickery while I’m driving.
This video is that and more.