Monday, April 6, 2009

Stretching, part 2

i've had the pleasure recently of striking up a friendship with Whitney Vosburgh. so far, we've made two visits together to Hakone Gardens, a wonderful Japanese garden in Saratoga, Ca. Whitney's style is about as different from mine as you can get - the image above is an example from our first visit, when i tried to see differently, and shoot completely (mostly) out of focus. yes, i have been asked why i just didn't blur the shot in photoshop...and my answer after exploring the differences with Whitney, is that shooting this way forces you to see differently - to see in terms of color, shape, and light. it really is different when you don't have a myriad of details to trick the mind into thinking that the shot is more interesting or more importantly, more emotionally appealing, than it really is. this is one of my first tries - i have more, and will post one or two on my main site in the next few weeks. for me, exploring this new way of lookings was a wonderful stretch, and is much harder(for me) than it first seems. hint: all "out of focus" is not created equal! you have to actually focus. what a trip.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Before the Mountain, the Video

i recently had the pleasure of having the authors of "Art and Fear",David Bayles and Ted Orland, take a look at the images from Patagonia i am using for my book. they were incredibly generous with their feedback and encouragement, and at one point David thought it would be interesting to see the images in a video. i thought about it for a while, then figured, "why not?" so i went to work, et voila, here's my first effort. what do you think?