Portraits of real people make me the happiest

Yesterday, we scheduled a photo shoot in our studio with a young woman I’ve known for several years. She’s in town for summer break from college, and asked on Facebook if any photographers wanted to do a photo shoot this summer.

I responded that I would love to. We finally aligned our stars and yesterday was an amazingly creative day. I’m going through the shots from the day and they’re all sooo damn good, it’s going to be hard to choose highlights.

Our studio space happens to be a shared space with a garage, motorcycle collection and vintage car park. It’s an oddly inspiring space. It’s absolutely huge. Around 10,000 sq ft.

There’s no A/C so to get air flow, we open the garage doors at the front and back. Our neighbors often peek in and say, “Wow.” or “Hello.” It can be disruptive, but not too bad.

Yesterday was a rehearsal day for Air and Water, so one of my neighbors named Jonathan was sitting out front enjoying the show. During a break, I stuck my head out and said, “Hey man, come get a portrait!”

What resulted were the following shots. I love them for so many reasons, but namely because it’s a real man, in his real clothes (or lack there of) and he looks proud and awesome.

These photos are why I love photography. I stare at people and want others to see what I see. I imagine they do, but given the opportunity to look without caution or worry …

One of the most valuable philosophies that was passed down to me from my dad was the idea that every woman is beautiful. I personally took that idea to mean “Every person is beautiful.”

I love that this man was shirtless and was bold enough to sit for me for less than a minute to grab these photos. I think I can find the beauty in everyone and I hope that shows in my work.

I sent my uncle the video of the moon from the previous post, and he responded:

Jeremy, that was so cool and the music so appropriate, made me think who the hell does this kind of thing, then I thought, someone who sees beauty where other people don’t, they’re called artists, and you fit that mold.

These words mean so much coming from family. If someone could thoughtfully think of me in that way … wow. I’m going to print that text and keep it next to my work station.




Meditative moment: take five minutes to watch sunrises and sunsets on the moon set to Clair de Lune

I might have to watch this one time a day for the foreseeable future.

From NASA:

This visualization attempts to capture the mood of Claude Debussy’s best-known composition, Clair de Lune (moonlight in French). The piece was published in 1905 as the third of four movements in the composer’s Suite Bergamasque, and unlike the other parts of this work, Clair is quiet, contemplative, and slightly melancholy, evoking the feeling of a solitary walk through a moonlit garden. The visuals were composed like a nature documentary, with clean cuts and a mostly stationary virtual camera. The viewer follows the Sun throughout a lunar day, seeing sunrises and then sunsets over prominent features on the Moon. The sprawling ray system surrounding Copernicus crater, for example, is revealed beneath receding shadows at sunrise and later slips back into darkness as night encroaches.