Recent Random Project #2

During my winter break from classes at SOU I made a trip down to Carmel, CA. During the trip, which included two days of 7+ hour drives, I worked on a new project from the moving windows of the car. My intent for this project was to work with what was in front of me, which in this case was often the passing countryside of California. With such a project came the challenge of negotiating rapidly moving subject matter—this meant either using a significantly high ISO value to freeze action or accepting motion blur, as well as finding and making compositions with very little time and no re-dos, so to speak. 

To this end I wound up with three distinct facets of this project: movement-based compositions that are painterly in aesthetic, found compositions shot from the window of a moving vehicle, and wide-aperture exposures shot at night that are about color and form. 

The set of motion-made images is about using what is in front of me to create a photograph, as well as about using the economic advantage of digital imaging to see the world around me through new and different lenses. 

I love that I am able to create an almost endless stream of images with my digital camera—a practice that would rack up exorbitant expenses if shot on film. Further, this fiscal freedom allows me to use my camera as modifiable eye to experience the world in new ways. Although these images mimic the experience of the scenery outside a moving car's window, by freezing a passing moment I am able to see the countryside in a way that would normally be all but fleeting. 

Moreso, these images also represent my dedication to my photographic practice regardless of what is in front of the lens. I believe that a continual practice is vital in my development as a photographer, and I cherish any opportunity to be behind the camera creating. 

Furthermore, I've found that constant compositional practice—such as finding balanced scenes outside a moving car—helps me in composing in the moment when it's more of a serious or commissioned shoot. 

This next set of images are similar to the above ones, though I am relying less on abstraction and motion and more on the action of seeing and creating an image in the span of a few seconds. 

And finally, this last set of images consists of compositions made with my digital camera late in the evening as darkness was falling. I found myself entranced by the constant stream of headlights, taillights, and neon signs around the highway; then, as the cities faded into the rearview mirror and trees surrounded the road ahead, the moon came out and began to illuminate the landscape around me. I aimed my lens at the moon and made long exposures with a large aperture, resulting in globular forms against a black sky. 

At the end of the day, this series of images represents the simple joy that a camera can bring to ordinary, everyday life. Cheers to that.