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Saturday
Nov272010

Endurance

46.365 42mm f5.3 1/5 ISO 1600I am phobic about black and white.  I mean, don't get me wrong.  I love a good black and white image as much as the next guy.  But shooting black and white (or in these days of digital, with the intention of making something black and white) completely intimidates me.  And when I get to processing, I almost never think anything I capture looks better sans color.  But today when I went in to get Ezra up from his nap and the light in the room was low and he was peacefully laying in his crib I knew it would make a good black and white. 

This child is in the phase where he believes it's his job to grow before my very eyes (more experienced parents can says whether this phase lasts into adulthood).  I love making pictures of him which are drenched in the technicolor of our lives together but black and white does have the singular effect of freezing a moment and pinning it into a place outside of time.  It's an illusion, but I suppose as a parent it does have a certain charm.

Friday
Nov262010

Eat, Drink and Be Grateful

45.365 55mm f5.6 1/125 ISO 200Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, "Speak to us of Eating and Drinking."
And he said:
Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.
But since you must kill to eat, and rob the young of its mother's milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship,
And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in many.

When you kill a beast say to him in your heart,

"By the same power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be consumed. For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.
Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven."
And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart,
"Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons."
And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your vineyard for the winepress, say in you heart,
"I too am a vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the winepress,
And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels."
And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your heart a song for each cup;
And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn days, and for the vineyard, and for the winepress. 

-- Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Thursday
Nov252010

Giving Thanks

44.365 55mm f5.6 1/160 ISO 200Ah, Thanksgiving.  My favorite holiday of them all.  So I'll take a minute to put in writing my gratitude for having an amazing community of family and friends.  For a husband and child who are healthy and beautiful and helping me become a more fully realized human being.  I am so thankful to be sharing my path with them. 

I am grateful for my eyes, which I am happy to be using more consciously these days and for the space which is opening in my life for the expression of my vision.  I had no idea when I embarked on this project the profound way in which committing to making one image a day would make me more present in my life.  I am so delighted with the support and encouragement which is materialized around this effort from friends and strangers alike.

Many many blessings abound, and I'm thankful for being able to recognize them.

P.S.  I am also really looking forward to the pumpkin pie that's coming up.  So thanks in advance for that.

Wednesday
Nov242010

Girls' Night Out

43.365 22mm f5.6 1/30 ISO 1600One of the occupational hazards of being my friend now is that you apparently have to be willing to endure the gaze of my lens if you happen to be sitting in a particularly comely pool of light.  That happened to Christin while she was choosing between the risotto and the roasted beets at Root Down last night.  I couldn't help it:  the menu acted as the perfect reflector and I really didn't have any choice but to pull out the camera.  It didn't help that I had yet to see anything nearly so inspiring as that yesterday.  Plus I had already consumed a particularly tasty margarita.

For the record she went with the beets.  And I must say that the lentil soup I ate was the best I've ever encountered.

Tuesday
Nov232010

Stalking the Moon

42.365 55mm f5.0 1/4 ISO 1600I had taken a perfectly nice picture of the beautiful bowl of pho I ordered for lunch yesterday (all while joking with my co-worker that I had to shoot it for my pho-tography project) that I had every intention of posting here.  And really, a cluster of bright green jalapeno slices topped with a squeeze of orange Sriracha sauce is extremely photogenic, as well having the virtue of cleaning out one's sinuses.

But then on my way home I noticed how the full moon was backlighting the Denver skyline and was kind of taken by how it looked.  I was in a bit of a mad dash to get home (as usual) and I thought night skyline, could I possibly make it special?  And anyway my tripod is at home.  But I remembered the encouragement I got from a reader here last week about how I shouldn't be afraid of cliches because they're cliches for a reason.  Usually because there's something beautiful about them.

So I found myself ducking into the college campus and trying to find a good vantage point.  I MacGuyvered a tripod with my iPhone and a cardboard box I've been meaning to bring in from the car for about a month.  And then I sat and waited.  And waited.  And waited like I was on some kind of safari for the moon to pop up over the building.  It was kind of nice to find a quiet little corner of downtown to have to myself for a few minutes and just to sit still and watch. 

As it turned out, I liked the picture better before the moon actually materialized.  But I'm glad I didn't know that earlier or I would certainly have run off to the next thing before enjoying the moment.