A couple months ago I posted about an artist displaying his talents in an interesting art medium: quilted electric guitars. Well this time, he brought this idea in yet another direction: vintage military. Using real surplus material from the Vietnam war, this guitar was sewn and hand quilted using amazing attention to detail.
For this week's post, I wanted to highlight a recent photography contest win that I'm very proud of. If you know me, then you know how much I LOVE animals. Growing up in a NY farming town probably helped with some of that.... There were always cows, chickens, goats, and other animals that I would drive by and see regularly. Growing up in the middle of the woods probably also influenced my curiosity for the animal kingdom, as I was living symbiotically with the deer, birds of prey, salamanders, frogs, snakes, wolves, and even bears that shared our property. After adopting cats at a young age, I also soon learned the incredible companionship that these adorable creatures could provide in my life.
This week, a good friend was passing through the front range on his way to the east coast, and so we had to take him out for some mild spring climbing! For it's convenience to the city, we brought him to the scenic and easy-to-access Pike National Forest. The Colorado Trail meanders through this region, with mountain bikers and hikers hitting it's dirt regularly. Spending time out here it is easy to feel totally at peace and engaged with nature, especially when you only have a day trip to get away.
For this post, I wanted to highlight a product that I photographed years ago. Back in NH, I had a client come to me with an interesting mix of passions: playing music... and sewing! Jim was in a band, played guitar, and had always wanted to personalize his instruments. When his dad passed, he took the opportunity to memorialize his life by using some of his father's favorite clothes and mixing it with other bits of fabric to create this custom fabric trimmed guitar.
I haven't gotten out as much this winter into the mountains, but with all this beautiful weather that we've been having in the Front Range lately, I had to seize some time to romp around in the woods.
One thing I've been doing more of since I relocated my photo business (back in 2014) to Colorado, is shooting more personal work. I love working on personal projects, as they allow me the freedom to test out ideas I've been floating around and make some work I'm really excited about. Sometimes the results I get are thrilling, and other times they come up short. But you can't win unless you play, right? So even though it can be scary venturing into the territory of controlling a project 100% start to finish, you definitely learn along the way, and grow as a photographer..... so it's totally worth jumping in!
I will be celebrating my birthday in a few days, and around this time of year I always feel an early spring motivation breeze through me, and I begin to get excited about the fresh new year ahead. I decided it's time for me to start a blog, officially. I've attempted a blog in the distant past, but I have a slight problem maintaining them because... well... I love being creative behind the camera more than anything. But here we are! It has been decided... a blog has been created, and so it shall be done!