Monday, August 8, 2011
A model, calm and content, stands still for preparations to be painted on for a photoshoot of exceptional quality. Powder floats through the air and coats the model in a thin layer of white. She is willing. She is patient. She is ready.
Driving and motion go together. Even standing still you know that the automobile will move. Some vehicles you can tell by their personality that they are ready to move, make motion, get from point A to B. This Ford Focus is where the automobile is going. Fuel efficient, stylish, small, and aimed at a younger demographic.
There are an estimated 250 million passenger vehicles on the roads of the United States, 250,000 of these vehicles pass by Denver on I-25 a day. At that rate the entire population of cars in America drives by Denver, on I-25, about every 2.7 years.
The city never sleeps. When you live in a city like Denver you know that you will never be the only car on I-25 or I-70. Ever. You will never be the only person walking down the 16th street mall. Life is a journey with a million destination points along the way and just as many connections or in some cases misconnections. I chose to shoot the city in motion in the evening. The streaks of cars on Speer Boulevard and I-25 could be carrying a businessman coming home to his family from a trip abroad. It could be the young couple just finishing up a nice dinner at one of Denver’s restaurants or it could be the twenty somethings on their way to the bar with the excitement of the possibility of making a personal connection. The motion of the continual arrivals and departures that weave our individual stories and connect us all.
Stop motion is a great way to alter reality. Something so simple, like this apple being eaten, can really spark your imagination. Who is eating this apple? Is anyone eating the apple? Human presence is more than just the presence of a human.
What are these people doing? This was my first thought as I approached the 2011 Colorado Portuguese Water Dog Trials Saturday morning. It was my job to document the event as it unfolded over two days in Chatfield State Park. The beach, now a tent city was the staging grounds for the competitors. With over fifty dogs, owners and trainers all anxiously waiting for their turn in the spotlight. While there were four levels of dogs competing this weekend it was the working class that stole the show. The photograph above is of Saturday’s winner working dog Hook with owner and trainer Janet Creek. I had asked the organizers and competitors what they were looking for in the photographs I would be taking and almost everyone responded with "get the jump shots and you'll be fine...". Over the course of the morning, as lighting conditions changed I had one simple goal, to keep my shutter speeds fast enough to freeze the motion of the dogs as they launched from the boats.
She has the most unique personality of any pet I've ever owned.
What a nice getaway from reality for a few minutes. The movement and sound of the water is just so relaxing, I could be here all day if I could. Unfortunately, an hour later I had to get back to reality and start work, which is right next to the creek. This will definitely be a spot I come back to when I just need to getaway.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
My original idea was to shoot in my car and then add some motion blur later on in photoshop. I pursued this idea for many minutes before becoming irritated at its contrived and boring nature. So, I decided to return to home base, and plan my next move. As I was driving through the traffic, I decided to take my camera off the tripod and shoot people in their cars. There was a woman picking her nose and a guy putting on chapstick. This was amusing, but not my intent for the day. Then, as I came to rest at a stoplight, I saw the streets before me clear out of cars, people, and bikes. I was thinking about how rare it is to see a cease of motion in downtown during rush hours. Finally the shot came back together as a single figure decided to cross alone, catching him in between his stride, moving alone through the concrete jungle.
Motion; originating from early Indo-European roots meaning, “to move”.
And “move” - this keyboard player did. He not only moved his fingers with nimble agility to make these keys sing. He moved the entire crowd last Friday night as the Bull & Bush Brewery Tavern rocked out it’s 40th anniversary to the beat of the 4 -NIKATORS, a nationally renowned Boulder based band of epic popularity, especially with the staff and patrons of the Bull & Bush. Yes, the house was a’rockin with the motion of commotion past and present. Maybe we'll see you there next year?