Monday, March 24, 2008

Airport Parenting

When you are delayed at the airport it's an opportunity to watch people, their actions and how they handle situations. I was sitting at this entry way to the regional airlines in Seattle during a delay. I was sitting there wondering what I was going to do. My flight to Boise was delayed - again - and as a result of the delayed flight to Seattle I was beginning to wonder if I would make it at all. I had to be in Boise that evening for an early morning meeting the next day. If I couldn't make it I was going to stay in a hotel in Seattle and head back home when I could get another flight.

During the time I was waiting for information it was a toss up between the regional terminal and the terminal headed home. So I parked myself in an area where I liked the image through the viewfinder and just decided to wait and see what would transpire in front of the camera. This little girl was trying desperatlely to keep up with her dad. He was so engrossed in his phone conversation I wondered if he had forgotten that he had a little one in tow. As they crossed the area I snapped the image and hoped for the best. There were several images but I think this one worked best.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


"If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life." - Roger Caras

Monday, March 17, 2008

Motel View

These two images are of the same motel room in Seattle from a trip at the end of January. I usually take the camera with me and it's one of the reasons I bought the Leica. My digital is just too big to fit in the briefcase and schlepp through the airports. As a result, I wasn't carrying a camera and making no images for months at a time.

Business trips, despite thoughts to the contrary, are anything but glamorous. They usually involve long days with little time for photography. Throw in the fact that a lot of times I'm in areas I don't know and it considerably complicates the process. But I want to make images so what to do.

It struck me this year, as I spent every week for the first two months on the road, that a lot of the places I go to are very similar. The hotels look the same as do the airports. The strip malls are basically the same with the store fronts being different but the goods very similar. So I started shooting the airports, hotels and motels of the areas I visit. In scanning the images over the last few days I'm noticing a pattern and working to establish more of a theme to what I'm doing. At the end of the year I plan to put this stuff together and start looking for critiques. I'll go to people I trust and then contact photographers I've either met through this blog or other sites where I respect their work. We'll see how it goes. It's the closest thing to a long-term project I've ever done. I'm planning on shooting color an black and white. I'm not sure that's the best idea for consistency but it's an experiment and I want to see if I can pull something off.

Out Of The Ordinary

As I've said in previous posts I've been looking for stuff out of the ordinary, practicing looking for stuff that would be visually interesting. Well at least to me anyway.

We were in Vegas for CES earlier this year and met up with some friends that were also there on business. Believe it or not this is the set up in Caesar's Palace at a bar outside the Sports Book. This was the night of the National Championship and we were watching it on antiquated projectors, not color managed in the least and shown on a bare wall that wasn't even white. Frankly I was flabbergasted and made an image. Turns out it is visually interesting to me.

It's HP5 pushed to 1600.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Admirals Club

I've spent the last couple of weeks recovering from illness. I won't go into details but it was a little scary and it certainly provided much needed rest.

I've gotten a chance to catch up on some scanning and stay out of airports. Most of the scans I did, not surprisingly, were airport and hotel shots. This is one of them.

I'm starting to organize the photos from airports and hotel/motels to see if there is some sort of theme that joins the images together. As I make these images and view them as single images I find myself wondering if they are boring. They may be but I'm starting to see a pattern and since I travel so much images from the travels just seem to present themselves. It also allows me to practice seeing when I get the chance to take a breath on my business travels.

This image is a case in point. In the Admirals Club at the John Wayne Airport I noticed the reflections in the marble table at which I was sitting. I've long tried to make an interesting image of the ceiling. Those curves really appeal to me for some reason but I've never gotten a compelling image. I personally really like this one. I think this is the second roll of transparency film I put through the camera. It's Fuji Provia 400X that I really like but am having trouble scanning it. I still need to experiment more.

One of my new favorite blogs is written by Nick Onken. I really like his work and reading about how he is making it in the industry. Guys like him and Chase Jarvis have such good attitudes about sharing their knowledge and I have a tremendous amount of respect for them both simply because of that. Check out his site.