Here is a picture that I took of a friend for a headshot she needed. I used two Canon Speedlites with no attachments. I placed her about five feet from the white wall by my stairs and put one Speedlight on a tripod on the stairs to light the back ground. The key light I put on another tripod slightly to my left and pointed it behind me and slightly up to bounce off the white wall and ceiling. Viola. Studio looking shot using only two Speedltes and bouncing light off of walls. Who needs a studio?
Last week a friend and I took off in the car and went to West Baden Springs near French Lick, IN to see the “newly” renovated hotel there, an impressive structure built in 1902.
Quite impressive, but strangely decorated. There were a lot of different patterns and types of decorations that didn’t necessarily work well together.
Then we drove to St. Meinrad, IN to see the Abbey there.
Having seen the ridiculously ornate churches of Europe, despite being a Benedictine abbey, I appreciated the simplistic nature of this church.
It was a wonderfully beautiful day and concluded with a spectacular concert from Tommy Emmanuel www.tommyemmanuel.com
Last night I went to a small venue and saw three really great bands. So Many Dynamos from St. Louis, Cut off your Hands from Auckland, New Zealand and Ra Ra Riot from Syracuse, NY. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a really good show. I didn’t shoot as much as I normally would, but I was enjoying my company. These pictures don’t do the show justice. Check them out on Myspace. www.myspace.com/somanydynamos. www.myspace.com/cutoffyourhands. www.myspace.com/rarariot.
So many Dynamos
Ra Ra Riot
My website has now been updated with Europe pictures.
I am putting together a show of my travel work from Uganda, Rwanda, Costa Rica, and India which will be displayed in the Wesleyan Church Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. While making the placecards I had to look through my journals to find names and locations. While reading through my Journal from Uganda and Rwanda, I found this entry:
9/3/06 Kibungu, Rwanda, East Africa
“Today was a day just like any other day except for the manioc (banana mush) for breakfast. Today was a day just like any other except for falling asleep in a rickety bus on the way to a rural Anglican parish in south eastern Rwanda. The same sun I have know all my life greeted me over the most beautiful red-sand mountain with lush vegetation. It is strange knowing I am below the equator, I am on a new and different continent, but feeling I am the same person. It is strange because I could wake up tomorrow in Indiana, the next day in India and still I would feel the same. Maybe I expected too much. Maybe this is good; I am prepared to travel the world.”
I find it interesting that I wrote this two and half years ago, but still when I travel I feel the same way: a disappointment that I am not different while my environment is different. I don’t know if I just built up traveling in my mind so much that I have outlandish expectations for the transformational effects of travel. I can even remember feeling this way traveling with my family as a boy, somehow expecting the distance traveled to magically transform everything about my ability to sense my environment.
I don’t DO art enough. I get caught up in the day to day work and fail to feed myself. For a while I’ve been considering doing “Art-a-day” but have not found sufficient motivation or inspiration. Yesterday I went with a friend to the Indianapolis Museum of Art for one reason: to take pictures. It was refreshing and fun. These were taken with a canon speedlight 580exII strobe in a 32″ brolly box.
These first three pictures were shot in the parking garage at the IMA. Who needs a studio?
Thank you for checking out my blog. (web log). I will be updating with pictures from jobs I’m working on, travels, and just my thoughts. I’m also hoping to do some random arts to add as well.
Here is an image to start things off. It has been my screen saver for days. I love staring at it when my brain stops working. It is the interior of the dome at the Pantheon in Rome.