Tornado survivor

I don’t think I’ve done enough followup stories in my career. It’s an important aspect of journalism. We cover the storm but we don’t always come back to see how people are coping weeks later. I had the opportunity to do just this and I got a story of a woman who survived a tornado but lost her house. The community is coming together to help her rebuild. I made this video to accompany a written piece and photos published in the Wise County Messenger.

 

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Punk rock in print

So I wrote a piece about punk rock in the DFW Area, and it’s finally out. I figured I would do a bit of self promotion and let you all know it will be available at some area Barnes and Noble locations and for download at http://cspotmag.com/product/may-june-2015/.

Polaroids from Sunday’s photoshoot

I couldn’t help myself I had to get out my film cameras and shoot some analog. So here are a couple photos shot with my Mamiya RB67 and FP-100c instant film. I also took photos on 120mm and 35mm with my Minolta SRT 202. Those will be developed later, so stay tuned. I’m thinking I’ll have those ready sometime next week.

Photoshoot with DJ

I got to work with a young aspiring model. I’m expanding my studio portrait portfolio¬†and she needed some shots for her portfolio. DJ was pretty cool and overall I’m pleased with the results.

What I am really excited about are the the shots I haven’t developed yet. Aside from the normal digital photos I took, I also shot a few 120mm and 35mm photos which includes some double exposures.

The music of my processing

I listen to a lot of music. I’m not an expert in any one genre and my tastes are eclectic to say the least. I also don’t spend much if any brain power on memorizing album titles, band members’ names or what they play. I know some trivia like Neil Peart was the drummer in Rush, Robert Plant is a bad ass, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been playing together since the ’80s, but for the most part I’m not that hip to what hot. I guess that is a little strange, seeing how much music photography I do. Regardless, music is integral to me and my process to processing.

I’m not big on overly processing my images. I like the truth of the image, at least what truth there is to tell. That said I’m not totally against creative editing in photoshop, it just doesn’t really fit in my genre very often. I often find myself processing a large number of photos as quickly as possible, as I am usually on deadline. This kind of workflow is aided by fast-paced music. Rock can get little heavy, so I usually stick to hip hop, but most hip hop isn’t really my style. “What do you actually listen to?” you may ask. Nerdcore hip hop. Mc Chris is my favorite. I crank up Spotify and listen to Hoodie Ninja and Nerd Cave and crank out some photos.