Sunday, May 5, 2024

Welcome Home...

March 29, is National Viet Nam Veterans Day, it was first commemorated in 2012, and would eventually become an annual occurrence in 2017 when the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed and became law.

In Layton, Utah there is an 80% scale of the Viet Nam Memorial in Washington DC and this year I went to make some photographs of the wall and of the event happening that day.


 It was a great event, complete with color guard.

All sorts of speakers, from Viet Nam Veterans, to politicians were at the event.


As the events wound down, I went over to the wall to find my uncle's name James F. Schiele, who was killed during the war and happened upon another Veteran who was standing in front of a nearby panel for several minutes. I waited and watched him more after I made a photograph of him and then I approached him,to let him know that I had made a photograph of him and asked if he knew anyone listed on the wall.  He knew a couple of names and was looking for them, but was unable to find them, then I pulled out my phone and pulled one of the many locators, but between the two of us, I wasn't able to find any of his buddies.


At the Layton City wall, there are eight benches placed along and facing the wall that honor the eight women all of which were Army nurses, that were killed in action and whose names are also listed on the wall.  

Largely because of my work life, I have had the opportunity to speak to several thousand Viet Nam Veterans and when our conversations were over I would always thank for what they endured after they got home, because it was not in vain, because it also made things better for my generation of Veterans; I always end the conversation by saying, "Welcome Home".

Saturday, January 27, 2024

New photo book (in the works)

 For the dozen or so of you that have been following my photography for the past 11 years or so, you may remember my first photo book, Trout Dreams.   I have decided to do another book, that is very early stages for my motorcycle work that I am calling Harleys and Holgas Forever, which is what I go by on Instagram and also expresses my feelings toward both things. 

 If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember the January 25, 2020 post I made where I first mentioned publishing my second book, a book of my motorcycle photography. At the time, I had what I felt were just a few photographs that I thought would be worthy of a book and I while I don't exactly have enough for a book right now, I definitely  have more.

I have learned a lot about creating and publishing your own book, since Trout Dreams, so I am confident that my next book will be better in terms of layout and design.

When I did Trout Dreams I would regularly post screenshots of the book as I figured out what fonts I wanted to use and page layout, I don't think that I'll do that this time, but I thought I would at least post a couple of screenshots to give you an idea of what the book will look like.


On this format the book is a hardcover with a dust cover, the dark section on the right,which would be the back side of the front,  I plan on having some sort of text an artist statement and probably a picture of me.  On the left, section, I plan on creating some sort of collage of some of my Instagram photos of my own Harley, I may even create larger collage of them too for one of the last pages in the book.  


As with Trout Dreams, I will have a foreword written by someone that knows my work, and while I have a short list of people that I would like to do that, I am not ready for that just yet.

That's all for now, I don't know if I will post as much as I did about the book as did with Trout Dreams as I was working on it, but when it is complete, you will certainly see it here.

 Brian 

 Let's Ride! 

 

 


Friday, November 24, 2023

It was a nice day for a moto wedding day

I was asked a while ago to do some photography for  a motorcycle riding, Army Veteran, Brother and while most of the photographs I made where with a digital camera, I thought I'd bring along my Holgas and see what I could do with them as well.  I am really quite happy with what I got back afterwards, so I thought I'd post the best photographs here.  


The happy couple were married at an American Legion post, but after the ceremony they along with about two dozen motorcycles (including myself), rode to a little chapel near the Utah State Capitol where the resulting photographs were made.  

 
 I even took my PanHolga and got this photograph with all of the bikes parked in front of the chapel.

 
Here's to my friends, the happy  couple.
 

 
Brian




Monday, November 20, 2023

Unknown angler...

I don't seem to get out and fish as much as I used to, so when I got a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus back recently, I was surprised to see that the first frame of the 12 exposure roll was a scene from a fall or early winter outing on the Lower Provo River.  


My first thought was that the lone angler who seems to be adjusting his line before he casts into cold dark water of the Lower Provo River, was one of my Army buddies, but after checking with him, he said that it wasn't him.  

So whomever you are "lone angler", thanks for letting me take a photograph of you.  

Brian


Friday, June 30, 2023

New photographs, what do you think?

 I never know what to put out there as far as my photographs go, typically when I get my film back I'll post what I think are the best photographs on my Flickr page, in hopes of getting some constructive feedback or even a comment like " That's a great photograph!", but all I get lately is a "Like"

So with that, I thought would post a few new photographs from a recent couple of rolls of film  that I haven't gotten any sort of feedback, or "likes" on since I posted them.

 

From a recent motorcycle stunt show at a local Harley dealer in Salt Lake City, Utah

I thought I'd try something a little different with my PanHolga and pan with the speeding motorcycle as the ride was doing a wheelie..

 

I thought I'd focus on the lines the tires made from the burnouts and the texture of the asphalt, rather than trying to stop the action or get closer to the bikes as they sped by with my regular Holga camera and I think that these two photographs  work well.

So there you have it, if you like these three photographs or don't tell me what you think of them, I'd sure love to hear what you think.


Brian 

Ride Safe!



Thursday, June 1, 2023

20 Year Anniverrary Giveaway

June, June 21, 2023 to be more precise marks the 20th anniversary of mtbbrian.com, and if you don't believe me or if you want to take a look at what 20 years of my website looks like, check out the "Way Back Machine".

It's been an interesting ride this past 20 years, my site has evolved and de-evolved , from a really basic website that I built using basic web based tools that were hosted by the various internet service providers I have had over the years, to a full on website that I created using professional tools like "Dreamweaver" and were hosted by companies that do that sort of thing, to what it is now, what I call a "blogsite" hosted by blogspot.com (Google) where I have the blogspot URL pointed at mtbbrian.com.  

If you have been following my photography for more than 10 years, you may recall that at that time I was doing a book of my fly fishing photography and to celebrate that and the 10th anniversary of my site, I gave away a copy of the book.

So for the 20th anniversary celebration of my site, I thought I'd do another giveaway and give away not one, but two of my photographs, one fly fishing one and motorcycle one. 

The motorcycle print is one of my favorites of two Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe motorcycles that unbeknownst to me is a bit of a self portrait too.  Can you see me?  I have titled it "Too Deluxe" and is 11"x14". 

  

 
The fishing photograph was in my book and a favorite from that period, I titled it "Rod Holder" and is 8"x10".
 

Both prints were printed by me in the darkroom, on light sensitive, silver gelatin, photographic paper, in other words these are not digital prints.   

So here are the rules:
 
Make a comment (one comment per person) in the comments section below, let me know which photograph you are interested in, how long you have been following my photography, where you saw the post, or anything else you'd like to say about my photography (be constructive at the least, supportive at the most, flattery is great even, but won't get you anymore but one entry!).
 
If you comment using the Anonymous,Open ID or Name/URL options, please leave a name and email so I know who you are are and how to contact you. 
 
Due to shipping costs, I have to limit this giveaway to readers in the United States of America only. 
 
The giveaway begins on the date of the post and ends on June 21, 2023 at 2359 HRS Mountain Time.  
I will select two winners using the random number generator on random.org, based upon the number of people that enter, and announce it with another post shortly afterwards. 
 
All decisions are final and made by me.  

Feel free to  share this post if you like, and please do, but the only way to enter this giveaway is to comment on this post.

Thanks for reading this and if you have followed my photography for any or all of the past 20 years or more, thanks.

Brian

Friday, May 26, 2023