All in the Eyes

Believe it or not, in the early days of my photography education I never took photos of people. I'd take "urban landscapes," photos of architecture, light and shadows, but - for whatever reason - never people. Until one day an assignment required portraiture and so I was forced to find some people to photograph. The result? To my surprise the images I printed were received very positively, and yet, my professor and collectively my class wanted more. They challenged me to continue to explore capturing images of people.

The overwhelming majority of my early work are black & white fiber prints from 35mm film. I hope in the future to take the time to scan these images and add the best prints to my portfolio. That said, I did scan this final project for one of my photo classes. The project was simply titled "Eyes" and its premise was fairly simple: take a single model, photograph her in one pose three times, only changing the directionality or angle of her gaze in each photo. Then present the three photos as a triptych with the final photo looking directly at the viewer. While the technical execution could have been cleaner, I was and still am quite proud of the results:

Start at the Beginning

As I settle in to this website redesign, I thought it would be an interesting yet enjoyable challenge to try and condense the last nine years of my photography as a Hollywood-style flashback. The general premise: I'll start with the oldest (digital) photos on my computer and post a blog entry reflecting on them, then I'll post newer photos and continue on until we're in the present. A daunting task to say the least. Nonetheless let's get started!

Piazza Santa Croce

Piazza Santa Croce

FLASHBACK TO:

FLORENCE, ITALY - SUMMER (2005)

Canon Powershot S230 - my first digital camera!

Canon Powershot S230 - my first digital camera!

In the Summer of 2005 I spent a month living with one of my best friends, Justin, on a second floor apartment overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. The black and white photo above is of our apartment building. I packed an enormous piece of rolling luggage filled with lots of clothes....but the only camera I remember bringing was a little Canon point-and-shoot (my first digital camera). I had purchased a "massive" 512MB CF card to capture all the beauty that Italy had to offer. Here are the only photos that have stayed in my Lightroom library (for whatever reason) after all these years. If there's enough interest, I'll dig up the rest!