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
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.
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.