Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Birthday Project - Final

For those of you have followed my photography since 2003, when I first created a website, you may remember a particular section I would add to once a year called "The Birthday Project".

Every year around this time, I would make a portrait or even just a snapshot of Mirinda. It's been six years since I last made any of photograph of her, which you can see in the aptly named label.

Some life changing events have happened since the last time I posted a picture of her, we became foster parents, adopted, divorced and she was diagnosed with cancer  a little more than a year ago; the biggest change was her untimely death earlier this year as a result of her cancer.

We didn't talk a lot  about the what ifs and what not, but on one such occasion we both thought about me taking a portrait of her post chemo, when she was at her most hairless state. So one day last August, just after her doctors had declared her cancer in remission, I got the opportunity to sit with her to make that portrait of her.  I won't go into the particulars of what happened in the months after I made this portrait, but needless to say, the cancer came back.

I have made a lot of portraits in my time, but none have ever been so raw or so intimate.   Looking back on the time since I made this portrait of her and what I have learned since,  I think that in this moment,  she may have been looking forward with hope, but deep down I think she knew what was forthcoming.  

Since her death, I was contacted by a woman who has survived breast cancer and is doing a documentary about breast cancer about  having this portrait be a part of the film.  Mirinda didn't have breast cancer, but the portrait will be part of a section of the film about hair loss.  

I don't know much more about the film, but it is called Life Interrupted: Telling Breast Cancer Stories.  

I am very honored to have this portrait be a part of this film, because it is a way for Mirinda to live on.  

Happy birthday Mirinda, I and the rest of the village,  that we jointly and individually have put together, got this and we will make sure that our daughter grows up knowing you and will grow up to be the best woman she can be.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

People I ride with - Beard edition

I figured it's been way too long since I posted anything new here and it's already February, so I thought I'd post a couple of new photographs.  My photography tends to be personal and most of the people I photograph are people that I know and ride with in this case.

I thought I'd make these "People I ride with" posts and photographs thematic too.

So today's theme is "Beards".  I have met a lot of bikers that have them and they all rock the beard.

Alan, his beard, his Road King in front of "The King of the Sea" Poseidon, a detail of  large mural in South Salt Lake, Utah.  I have known Alan for many years and have gotten to know him better because of motorcycles.

This is Chris and his beard at a Veterans Day ride.

Stayed turned for more moto photos!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bike Night

As I get more into motorcycle culture, I am learning a lot, meeting a lot people and riding to places in Utah (so far anyway), that I have never been to before. 
Recently, I went to a "Bike Night" event that took place in the Salt Lake City area at an "In N Out Burger" late in the evening, just to check it out mostly, but of course I took a camera a long, three actually.
It was great watching all of the various bikes, people and groups coming and going. I talked to a lot of people that night and before I took off with a like minded group riding cruisers I took a few photographs.

It was fun and I think I will go back, especially if I can find a few others to go with...

Ride On!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Photographs and Words by...

It is always a treat to have your photography published in a magazine, and I have been treated many times over the years, starting in my university's student news paper, a few local magazines, zines, and countless online blogs and magazines.

Until today, I'd say the thing I am most proud of when it comes to my photography was the article written about me and my photography in Winter 2011 issue of Fly Rod & Reel, I will always be indebted to its author, Bob White (Thanks again Bob!).

Today though, I have a new achievement to share, not only does it involve having some photographs in what I think is the most creative fly  fishing magazine out there, The Flyfish Journal, it also involves an essay that I wrote that accompanies the two photographs.  The essay is basically about my fly fishing experience, that began while I was on active duty with the Army and touches upon an issue that is near and dear to me, Veteran suicide.

A big shout out to the other writers, photographers, artists and the people that put that put the magazine together, especially the ones I know.  Keep up the great work!  

So go and buy a copy, preferably at a local fly fishing shop, my essay is in volume seven, issue four and then reach out to a Veteran you may know and take him or her fishing.

My essay is called, "Take a Veteran Fishing" and is on page 108.   This is just the cover, and not my photograph, the cover photograph belongs to Tosh Brown, who is an excellent photographer.  




Sunday, June 12, 2016

Harleys and motorcycles...

I think I have quoted the Italian film maker Federico Fellini before, with his famous quote, "All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."  I have always felt that way about my photography, and as I get older, as it were, I find that to be more and more true.  If you have been following my photography over the past seven years or so, you know that when I started fly fishing, I naturally brought my Holgas with my when I went fishing.
      I am still fishing, but due to some changes in life, I found myself wanting to learn to ride a motorcycle, so I came upon a wonderful opportunity to learn through a local Harley-Davidson dealer (THANK YOU HARLEY-DAVIDSON!).   I have since gotten my motorcycle endorsement and have bought a motorcycle of my own, a Harley-Davidson.  In my limited riding experience I have met a lot of new people, gotten better acquainted with old friends and have seen places in Utah that I have seen until now.
     It's been nearly a year since I posted anything here, but it doesn't mean I have done any photography at all, I just haven't done anything I felt was worth putting up here, until today.

I am not quite sure how I want to treat motorcycles as far a subject goes, I haven't had any dreams about riding motorcycles like I have had with mountain biking and fishing, so I am still experimenting.  

I haven't done any double exposures yet, but since I haven't had any dreams about motorcycles, I am not sure that I will, but I do like the results I have gotten so far with the "Holgaramas" I have done.

I think there is something about a motorcycle's cockpit, I like the lines and all of the chrome on the tank, and I think that each cockpit is as unique as the owner, considering all of the things you can do the cockpit area on a motorcycle.

I haven't stopped fishing or photographing it, I just have a new subject to photograph as I travel around the sun..
Ride On!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tenkara Guides, Badgers and Bums - Oh My!

I am a fan of the internet and social media and aside from learning new things when I go to events like the workshop that  Tenkara Guides LLC put on recently I get to meet people that I know through these various forums and websites.  This particular particular workshop was really like a "Who's Who in Tenkara Fishing in The USA" because there were a lot of influential and well known tenkara anglers that I know had only known through various websites until this workshop.

First up, the Tenkara Badger himself, all the way Wisconsin, he has some great rods that I hope to cast here before the summer is out.   He caught a great brown trout a few moments later, I might add!

Then there was Tom from Teton Tenkara, who is a very knowledgeable tenkara angler whose blog I checkout often.

I also met again DragonTail Tenkara as he was fishing this great spot.  Make sure and check him out, he has a great selection of tenkara rods, one of which the ShadowFire, I demoed earlier this year and it's a great rod.

I met some new tenkara bums at the workshop, as they fished both days, on this lovely stream in eastern Utah..

And on the Middle Provo.. 

Over the past few years there have been tenkara gatherings started across the globe and the United States, such as the Appalachian  Tenkara Jam, held in Maryland.  There is also the Midwest Tenkara Fest held in Wisconsin.  Of course there's the one that started it all, Tenkara USA's Tenkara Summit, that has been held in a few different locations including Utah in 2012.  
As things in my life change, I intend to get to these events and photograph them too and do a book about Tenkara in the USA.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Tenkara No Oni

I recently  had the pleasure of being able to be a part of a unique fishing workshop put on by Tenkara Guides LLC, where they brought Master angler, Masami “Tenkara No Oni” Sakakibara from Japan for three days; it was a wonderful workshop that offered many great photographic opportunities.  

Watching "No Oni" as he works a stretch of river, casting and scrambling in and out of the water was amazing to say the least, his cast is beautiful too.  I hope that when I am his age, I am agile as he is.

Tenkara No Oni in action in the water

And out of the water..

While I wasn't participating in the workshop, I learned a few things by watching Tenkara Oni, that I will take with me the next time I go fishing. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to have been at this workshop with my cameras, from what I could tell from my own observations and talking with the participants the workshop was a success.  
A big thanks to Tenkara Guides LLC, for letting me tag along and be their "unofficial photographer" and thank you as well Tenkara No Oni, for letting me photograph you..