This past November, I had the opportunity to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony – or, as I was calling it, Friendsburgh, seeing as three of my best friends in the world lived there. One of those friends, Chewey, teaches tango lessons and plays in a tango band in the Friendsburgh area. Chewey, being the opportunist that he is, asked if I would bring my camera with me on the trip and be willing to take some pictures for promotional materials and a future website redesign. So, here are some of the shots from that trip. I’m not photographing much these days, but wish I was. I was surprised at how much I learned about setting up portraits in that one photoshoot. I’m hoping to have more opportunities like this in the future – so let me know if you ever need a portrait or a headshot!
Emma and I had the pleasure of babysitting her newest nephew, Tyson, a few nights ago. The little guy is just as cute as can be and is always so relaxed and mellow. We had a fun time trying to catch him in those few milliseconds where he was still enough to take a picture. I have scores of blurry pictures of this guy, but here are a few sharp ones! Need I even mention that the last one is my favorite?!
I don’t know what it is, but I have a hard time photographing here in South Beach. I just find it really difficult to get the shots I want. When I see something interesting, there’s usually something else in the frame that I don’t like and I can’t figure out a way to get it out. But, I’ve been trying to make myself get out there and shoot anyway, and I think it’s helping — it’s a good challenge. Usually if I come home and find one or two shots that I really like, then I’m a happy camper.
I just thought I would share a couple photos of one of my favorite subjects down here – signs and their buildings. Just as important as the architecture of the Art Deco buildings down here are the signs that adorn them. Bold colors, Neon lights, Art deco typography – great stuff. I always find it interesting what fonts are chosen for the signage down here. It’s really all over the map — ornate, stylized, kitschy, incredibly plain — it’s all here and it’s all great to look at. Some of it works really well and some of it fails terribly. I’m hoping to get out more through the summer months to photograph some more, and I’ll try to get some up here!
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for photoblogs. Sometimes I get lost for hours, just looking at what different people are shooting and being inspired by it all. I’ve started to notice that I’m particularly drawn to photographers who are constantly exploring the surroundings in which they live through their work. I guess I’ve always been attracted to the idea of how an artist’s surroundings affects their work. Who would Bukowski or Fante be without Los Angeles? Miller without Paris? Philip Glass without New York? Britney Spears without Louisiana? Ok, maybe not that last one.
Anyway, if you’re interested in losing a large portion of your day, then get started experiencing different parts of the world as these photographers immerse you in the places they call home.