Saturday, July 30, 2011
We often hear the phrase, ”The eyes are the window to the soul.” I wonder then if this is somehow true as well for buildings? What truths may live behind these “eyes” we call windows?
Image 1: One of Denver’s oldest standing farmhouses, surrounded by the hustle - bustle of urban sprawl, still holds its own in time. Could that be a tear I see streaming from its eye on the right?
Image 2, 3: If you were mining silver near the small mountain town of Ashcroft, Colorado (elevation 9521 ft) around 1883 and stopped in for a swig or two of whisky here, this might be your view from within. And so, perhaps you might be part of the soul that lives behind the “eyes” of the old “Blue Mirror Saloon”.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The storms, they are “a’ brewin”. Seems this summer especially has brought a theatric display of nightly seasonal thunderstorms, to be accompanied by an even more dramatic performance of memorable light shows. The early part of the day held clear blue skies against the lush green July environment. But that proverbial Colorado continental divide soon served up the likes of a witches brew, as it evoked from the elements a steamy caldron of mysterious clouds. I love watching the weather do its magic, don’t you? I shot this from the thirteenth floor of a building I used to work in near I-25 and Colorado Boulevard, with a telephoto attached to my buddy, Nikon. A few hours later the brew manifested its fury and once again this July we witnessed Mother Nature’s magic.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Just trying to get OUT O' THE HEAT yesterday at the Cherry Creek Mall, when I came across a cute little kiosk of hair accessories. WOW, this stuff looks good enough to eat. I call it Hair Candy. Too bad I don't have enough hair to use any of these yummy looking things.
When thinking of the concept “candy” I had no idea what to photograph. I am not a big candy fan, but I do love the fruity taste of Skittles. I know that looking at a pile of 500 skittles can hurt the eye a little bit with all the different bright colors, so for this shot I decided to do a sort of macro shot then added an additional blurred vignette so your eye goes towards the middle of the photograph.
This week’s concept shot comes out of the studio. In doing some research on contemporary advertising campaigns I came across by Wrigley. I wanted to make a photograph that would fit in with their current . The advertisements contain a few common aesthetics; a clean, vibrant combination of photography and digital illustration. While I wasn't initially confident with the assigned topic of candy, I think it forced me to research an unfamiliar subject and push my creative boundaries.
This image is a homage to all the weird and strange Altoids ads that have been circulating over the years. I wanted to recreate the distinct red can color in my images, so I added it as an after effect. I retrospect wish I didn't colored the person in red, as this is too much. Overall the image came out as I had pre-visualized in in the tub.
When you are without a car for a week while lots of crazy storms are going on it is kind of hard to go out and take some cool storm pictures. I would have loved to go storm chasing for this assignment but instead I walked across the street on a sunny day with a few clouds, and take some pictures. With this picture I added a glow filter to make it look dreamier.
Forget the coffee break. This is my ode to the days when all of your worries revolved around which crayon to color with, what sugar coated cereal to eat and which sandbox to play in. No adult responsibilities, bills, jobs, mortgage. Just a throw back to the days when you were allowed to look at the world through gumdrop colored glasses.
After over a week of monsoon weather storms, the sun has been out with a vengeance. The heat and humidity didn’t stop anyone from coming out to relax at the neighborhood pool and enjoy. Being on the other side of fence made me as green with envy as the grass was green because of the rain.
Tornado Forming Over Aurora, Co
As storms continue to advance on Denver; a large, dense cloud formation forms west of Buckley Air Force Base. The storm cell never fully formed, dissipating quickly and leaving Aurora residents untouched.