Marching band is not an activity I ever thought would be very interesting until my sister-in-law asked me to volunteer to help with photography and video. Through the process I have learned that there is more to marching band than the final performance reveals. These students make it look easy, but there is much more involved than meets the eye—dedication, teamwork, physical activity, excellence in a family like community. It has been a privilege to document the D.W. Daniel High School Band.
“I want to live a life of creative discovery—to be so curious that I find those people, projects or things I am destined to find.” Kerry Lammi
Life events are markers that indicate the beginning or an end, like doorways we either enter or depart. Christian Baptism is one of those beginnings. This is a right of passage and an important step marking the beginning of a life of one following Jesus.
“Once Jesus becomes the center of a person’s life, the next step in the process is to experience baptism. Baptism is a shout-out to the world that through being immersed or sprinkled with water in a public service, you identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. We publicly proclaim that we are dying to sin and coming alive in Christ. Baptism is your public witness of moving from a seeker of Jesus to a believer and follower of Jesus.”
In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Taken from: http://www.alivewesleyan.com/baptism/
Events happen all throughout life and there are those that we call rights of passage, and every culture has them. Today I will focus on the right of passage of being a high school senior. Senior pictures are one of those cultural markers or rights of passage that hasn’t changed much from years ago when I was making that journey from high school to university—by the way that was in 1980. Last week I took pictures of my nephew Jared Potter and found a fun location with lots of fun backgrounds to play with. Thought you might like to see.
TECHI STUFF: For the photographs I used a Nikon SB800 set to remote on a light stand with a Photoflex Light Dome medium soft box and a grid to direct the light forward. I balanced the flash with the available light adjusting my ISO as the daylight faded. To trigger the flash I used the Nikon wireless speed light commander.
CAMERA: Nikon D700 LENS: AF-S VR-Nikkor 70-200 1:2.8
When photographing people it is so important to capture the eyes. To be able to read a person is to see through their eyes the situation in which they live. It is the eyes that are the doorway to the emotions and the heart. So I try to discover what the eyes are saying and capture that emotion that reflects the heart of a person.
No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes.
Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal.
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
Charles Caleb Colton
It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.
The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
I was getting ready to go to sleep the other night I turned to say good night to my eighteen year old son and his juxtaposition to a painting on the wall as well as the light from the lamp caught my eye. I have seen this site many times, but today I saw something new.
I am not interested in shooting new things -
I am interested to see things new.
Source of quote: http://www.brainyquote.com
I quietly picked up my camera and began looking for different views with my Nikon D700. I didn’t want to use a flash to ruin the light so using my old 24mm manual focus and increasing the ISO to 1250, here is what I saw. I like the first photo because my sons position mirrors the person in the painting and I also like the light from the lamp. The last photo has the photo of the family in the upper left corner looking down on him as well as the computer screen—it’s just a nice composition, enjoy.
Last week I took a bus trip from the northern part of Turkey to a Mediterranean city. I could have flown from Istanbul to this same city, but I decided to take a bus. The trip took 8 1/2 hours, and was very relaxing. One each seat back there is a screen with a selection of movies, TV stations, music, games as well as internet connection. There is a USB plugg-in if you want to charge your iPod or similar device. During the trip they serve coffee, tea, and give a snack, as well as stop for 30 minutes about halfway to give opportunity for a meal or just a break. The cost of the trip was about $60 US dollars. They also have a service from bus stations in most major cities. It was a good time to catch up on e-mail, edit photos, journal as well as read.
Along the way I took some photos. Hopefully they give a feeling and sense of the trip.
It has been a year since attended the Foundry Photography Workshop in Istanbul. During the time we were to find a topic and use the week to photograph and tell a story. Mornings and evenings we were out shooting and afternoons were classroom time.
One exception to the schedule was Peter Turnley showing up and describing his life journey through his photographs. This is what challenged and affected me the most during the week. His photographs were amazing, the people he encountered were amazing, and the relationships he has made over his 30 years of shooting. Through this he has had open access to leaders and ordinary people throughout the world.
“I am both humbled and hopeful when I think of the number of times all over the world, that I have seen people define themselves not by their possessions or wealth, but by grace, courage, and profound decency in their gestures and behavior.”
Peter Turnley, form his journal — http://www.peterturnley.com/journal/journal10.html
Photographs are to be shown and shared with others. That is what I heard — and I need to take that advice. I am so used to shooting for a project and then using a pick from the project with the remaining photographs hidden in their respective binders as Kodachrome slides or in a computer hard disc.
“Photography is about sharing a response with others —
the camera is only a tool”
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop – Istanbul (June 20-29, 2010)
Photographs need to be shared. I am speaking to my self (as well as you). My biggest challenge is sharing the images that I see. BUT, now is the greatest opportunity in history to share and express what we are seeing, the emotion we are feeling, or the reaction we meet as we are out making photographs. Thousands of photographs in the form of transparencies and negatives sit in folders, or boxes and have never seen the light of day— I have never shared them. I had an excuse due to the huge cost of printing or scanning photographs, but since digital and the web todays possibilities are endless.
Above is a photograph that I have never shown, but really liked taken in 1985 with
a Pentax ME super 70-200 3.5-4.5 Vivatar lens on Kodak Ektachrome film
My challenge is that I find images and capture them, but unless it is for an assignment or graphic design/printing job they dont receive an audience. BUT I WANT TO CHANGE THAT. I don’t want to just “Make” photographs which is ok, but I want to “Give” something back. It doesn’t matter with whom I share my photographs I make, but I must “Share them”.
Do you have a vision? Sharing that vision is now possible. We have been created and have vision/purpose instilled within us all (Have you found out what that is?). I am going to work more toward sharing my vision of the world.
Recently I met Gemma & Andrew who are traveling through Turkey, and the Middle East. I was struck by their willingness to learn and share what they (Gemma) were seeing. It was a delight to visit, and re visit their blog. http://lineshapecolour.blogspot.com/
So like Gemma and Andrew, I want to share what I am seeing more.
I finally had an opportunity to visit him in the Studio he shares with a friend. He is a kind and humble man not even willing to call himself an artist he said, “I have so much I still want to learn”.
Yashar grew up on the boarder of Turkey and Georgia on the South East side of the Black Sea. His father was an artist primarily drawing with pencil. When Yashar was a boy his father said “Don’t be an artist, it’s not a good life for anyone. You cannot make a living.” So for years he was a sign painter to pay the bills, but painting and art has always been his passion. I was able to take another portrait of him hear his story as well as share some tea and bread. I left with an open invitation to come back anytime.
He is one of those worn souls on the road of life.