I’ve always been drawn to photographing texture, light, and shadow. I particularly love the grittiness of weathered, peeling objects, from boats to barns and building facades. Today’s diptych comes from a “inspiration shoot” that I did with an old photography friend from Montana. We try to meet up (though not enough) in NYC to shoot whatever catches our eye and have fun with our cameras. These images are details from a dock and lightship, The Frying Pan, on the Hudson River. An awesome spot to grab a beer on a nice day (listed in New York Magazine as “the ultimate dive bar”), the ship also has a storied past. At one point, it spent 3 years underwater in the Chesapeake Bay before it was raised, salvaged, and moved to its present location at Pier 66. You can wander around the interior of the boat, though a bit creepy, which still has many of the barnacles from her time underwater. If you are in NYC, it’s definitely worth a look and a frosty spring/summer beverage. Happy Friday!
Rowboat on Dock (L), Frying Pan Interior (R), New York, NY, 2009
The cherry blossoms in Riverside Park are stunning…and fleeting. They change as fast as the kids that I photograph! Since this portrait session two weeks ago, the vibrant trees are already back to their regular selves. Luckily we were able to capture Eleanor and her mom among the gorgeous blooms at their peak. Eleanor, part of Team Redhead, just celebrated her first birthday…Happy Birthday E! I can’t wait to keep photographing you as you grow and change.
It’s always great to check out other photographer’s blogs or websites for inspiration and ideas that I can use in my own practice. I recently saw a link to these family portraits on Facebook and I couldn’t stop looking at the photos! It gives me inspiration to let my creativity flow and force my daughter to be my muse. OK, she may be more helpful once she can stand up on her own, but then I’m putting her to work! This Bay Area photographer, Jason Lee, uses the power of portraiture as a way for his two daughters to stay in touch with their ill grandmother. Apparently his girls help him come up with the wacky ideas for these unique and witty family portraits and have a blast doing so! I love them all, but really adore the bubble bath and sledding photos. Take a look, I promise you will love them.
I’ve always had a serious travel bug–my favorite sound in the entire world is having my passport stamped– and I have been feeling a little home-bound lately thanks to my darling one year old. This often leads me to daydream about recent adventures, and this image has been my desktop wallpaper for the past week. Today’s photo comes from an amazing trip to a water camp on the Okavanga Delta in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana. Baines Camp is constructed entirely out of tin cans and local wood. The camp teams up with a local guy (a Boston transplant actually), who spent several years training elephants at zoos or for movie appearances. Over 20 years ago, he adopted 3 elephants that had been orphaned due to culling operations and settled with them on a farm in Botswana. Because they have been raised by humans since they were babies, we were able to get up close and walk with these truly incredible animals. It can be hard to capture their sheer size on film, but I think this detail shot (not using much of a zoom lens, just framing what was close to me) of Jabu gives an idea of their size and beauty…just look at those eyelashes and the rough detail of his ear. Get out there and explore…Happy Friday!
Jabu, Botswana, 2010
Today’s image comes from one of my all time favorite spots, in one of the coolest modes of transportation. Can you guess where I photographed this lovely azure sky?
1. On this day trip, I needed my passport.
2. In July, there is still snow on parts of the 48 mile main road through this National Park (which just celebrated its 100th birthday.)
3. This image was taken from something built in the 1930’s- and it still runs today.
4. The sky gets a lot of press in this part of the world.
Post your guesses and I’ll post the reveal by the end of the day.
Happy Friday the 13th (the 2nd out of 3 this year!)
Excellent guesses! And the answer is…
Red Jammer, Glacier National Park, Montana, 2010
The view is from the seat of a famous Red Jammer, the cool buses that operate in Glacier NP and Waterton Lakes NP (just over the Canadian border). Each 25 foot long bus cozily seats 17 and the canvas top can be rolled back (quite a lengthy process) to reveal this framework on the roof line. I took this on a chilly August day during a trip with my mom, which included traveling on the famous Going to the Sun Road and crossing into Canada for high tea at the famous Prince of Wales Hotel. Everyone was huddled under blankets but happy to be cruising the park under a gorgeous sky. It’s hard to explain, but you can’t stop staring at the sky in Montana- it feels twice as big as anywhere else that I have visited. I attended photography school in Montana, and I’d highly recommend a trip to Missoula, Flathead Lake, and Glacier National Park if you are looking for a great adventure in a pristine, jaw-dropping spot. Here are a few snaps: