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!