Odds and Ends: My photos that didn’t quite make Instagram in 2016

I tried to do more photography than ever in 2016, and for the most part I think I succeeded.

I made a resolution to take more photographs of people that year. To be bolder. More in your face. To tell better stories with my photos. To be more concrete and less abstract.

Looking back I made good on that resolution. Many of my photos in 2016 are filled with people. Continue reading

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Patriarchs and equestrians

IMG_2334This summer I had the opportunity to follow a trail ride in Louisiana. Being a native-born Washingtonian who’s only lived in the South for a little more than a year, the experience was one of the most uniquely Southern things I’ve ever done.

I pitched this story to the editor of Country Roads Magazine earlier this fall and had my piece published, alongside the images of a local photographer who has also been documenting the trail riders, Jeremiah Ariaz. 

There is so much to say about the trail riders, especially from my own personal perspective, but alas, there is only so much room to write in a magazine. My piece details the history and culture of the trail ride, how it has modernized over time, and how it is, at its core, a family tradition.

Traveling in the dead of July in South Louisiana (easily 110 fahrenheit or higher), I rode in between convoy of horses, golf carts and pickups, taking photos and chatting up some of the riders. The thing that got me about the event was how paternal the tradition was. As I saw fathers, young and old, riding alongside their sons, I was reminded me of going to “fish camp” with my dad back in Washington state.

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A drink of Bellingham

Holy hipster, Batman!

The theme of this “photo essay” – if that’s what you want to call it – is water. The photos are close-ups of different types of water in different locations around Bellingham, Wash.

Most of these had a more artsy or abstract look, rather than what might be typical in photo journalism. These were taken within an hours time Nov. 9, 2013.

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Droplets of water hanging off of a trashcan near a bus stop on Indian and Holly streets.

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An unconnected garden hose at an apartment complex off of State Street.

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Western Washington University’s fountain. The fountain stops running during the colder months.

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A small pool of water clinging to a leaf at the Wailing Goat Espresso stand off of State Street.

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A driftwood log floating along the beach at Boulevard Park. The park was pretty busy with families and joggers despite a chilly and cloudy sky.

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A broken water fountain near the restrooms at Boulevard park.

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Water from a drain reflecting a cover on E. Laurel Street.

The photos were taken during a camera phone photography class at WWU taught by photographers Josh Trujillo, of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Bettina Hansen, of the Seattle Times. Both photo journalists showed us some very interesting (and fun) apps to use for camera phones:

  • Videolicious: an app that allows users to create slide shows with audio recording in the background. You can include good old fashion video too.
  • Camera!: Not my favorite app, but still very cool. Allows users to edit photos – not always for the better.
  • Hipstamatic: Hipstagram, Hipsterama, Hipstacam. I keep forgetting this apps name. But it’s hardly important. The app is essentially Instragram, but a thousand times better. Hipstamatic allows users to select different film and lens types.

Try out these apps. One of the best pieces of advice Mrs. Hansen gave us was to try new technology. Get inspired by new gadgets.

Photosynth: Allows users to create panoramic and 360 views using multiple photos.