Sunday, February 26, 2012

KDavid Art Photo Contest

My Good friend and fellow artist Kimberly David started a photo contest framed around her artwork. The contest calls for photos of people holding pieces of her artwork in iconic places in celebration of her work being sold around the world. I have several pieces from her so I picked one and went out to Tybee Island and made this little photo montage. I thought the colorful piece would look good contrasted against the subtle color of the sand and concrete of this location under the pier. If you want to check out Kimberly's artwork, which you should, follow this link. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

It Really is a Small World

So, get ready for a crazy story! I was just driving around town on my way to dinner with some friends when I noticed a car parked on the side of the street. Usually an everyday scene in Savannah so at first I thought nothing of it. But something caught my attention, which made me do a double take and get a closer look at the side of the car. That is when I began to think to myself, "I know this car. I know a car with the very same make, model, and color of this car." Then I did a triple take when I saw the Jesus fish on the side placed in an unconventional location between the wheel well and the door frame. Thats when I knew without a doubt that I did know this car. This was my sister's old Jeep Cherokee Sport, Matilda! I traveled to High School in that car. I drove around North Carolina in that car when visiting my sister Allison at school. I washed that car and customized it with my Dad years ago. That is why I picked up on the Jesus fish because my Dad had placed one on each side of the car when we had it and he had also taken out all the letters in Cherokee except 'her' so it ended up saying "Her Sport." Before we sold it we took off 'her' and just left Sport and this car just has Sport left on both doors. Plus the body and the wheels are the exact same so everything lines up. Plus, when we sold this car 3 years ago we sold it to someone who lives in Savannah and it had been in the back of my mind that I was going to see it someday and today was the day! It really is a small world. The first photo is Matilda in Savannah and the other two are old photos of her.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Game Over

Hello readers! Two of my roommates (who also happen to be two of my best friends) have been working hard on a new collaboration project and I felt like sharing. Its called Game Over: Insert More Quarters Anthology. It is a graphic novel project and besides my roommates Thomas Thomas III (pictured adjacent) and Phillip Jacobson, there are several other students here at SCAD working on it. In order to fund their project so they can publish their work they started a kick starter site and have already reached their first goal of $2500. Greatly surprised and humbled by the generosity of friends, family, and the chance passerby of the site they have upped the ante. Their new goal of $6000 will allow for an even better anthology with more pages of bonus work and a larger initial series run. I am very excited for their project, especially since it got completely funded in less than 36 hours, the fastest I have ever seen for a kickstarter project. If you would like to help out with their Level 2 Goal or if you would just like to know more about the project, follow the link above. If you do support them there are certain prizes for each level of support so keep that in mind! Also, in case you were wondering, the photo above is one I took of Thomas and he put their Anthology logo on it. The original story for that photo shoot can be found here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

"A View From Above" Release Show

On Thursday last week (2-16-12) I attended a Christian concert put on by my friend Robert Floyd. He is a Christian musical artist who often plays with the worship team at RUF at SCAD. He is also a freshman at SCAD and studying graphic design and photography. He just recently recorded an album of worship songs and is currently promoting his work. The concert on Thursday was held at City Church, Savannah and was in celebration of the completion of his album titled "A View From Above." If you follow the link you can get more info about Robert and his passion for The Lord and music. In the mean time enjoy the photo.

Beaux Arts Ball 2012

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the annual Beaux Arts Ball, hosted by SCAD's school of building arts. I also happened to be hired as a photographer for the event. I photographed last year's Ball event and I thought that this year would be just as fun and I was right. Its not every day you get to see your professors outside of the classroom, let alone party with them! It was a good time had by all and I will certainly miss it next year. But the best thing about it was that I was able to classify photographing the Ball as research for my thesis project! Hooray for PhotoMuse!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bridging The Gap

Hello readers! Been awhile. I have some cool news for you. In June of this year I am planning on showing some of my bridge photography at the Jacksonville office of ELM. ELM is an Architecture firm that has offices in both Jacksonville and Seattle and my family is fortunate enough to be friends with the founding members of the firm. They are celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year and are holding several parties at their Jacksonville office. They already had one this month and are planning on having another in June. They have invited me to show my photography at this event and I want to show just my Jacksonville photography. The photo to the left is another bridge photo I took in Jacksonville which was not used in my final portfolio. But in preparation for the show in June I have begun to look back through my archives of Jacksonville photos and some are starting to jump out as possible gallery items. Here is hoping for more shows in the future, but for now my thanks go out to the wonderful people at ELM. Thank you!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


I just recently found out that I was selected to be a Finalist in Nikon and Photographer's Forum 32nd Annual College & High School Photography Contest! Not only does this entitle me to a second round of judging where my image could be picked for more honors and prizes, I will also be published in a full-color hard-bound publication that will be distributed to college libraries as well as instructors of photography, art, and graphic design. I am very honored and humbled by this news and I hope that I am able to produce more great work in the future. The sample image, Urban Theater 2010, was the winning image. Original story of contest. Gallery of winning images can be found here, my image is in the college finalists section on page 34.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Happy Accident

In a lot of my photo classes we talk about "happy accidents." These are usually times when something has gone wrong with either the camera, film, or other equipment such as a scanner or computer. I quite like the notion of a happy accident because sometimes when your expected outcome does not meet expectations it can actually turn out in your favor, if you keep an open mind to it. As for this example piece the actual image of the bridge was not the most dynamic and I ended up using all nighttime shots for my bridge portfolio so I was not going to use it anyway. The accident actually made the image better. You can see it at the bottom of the image where the dark outline of the actual film strip appears. That is not photoshop, just to clarify. That is actually how the film came out when developed. What happened is that when I had my film rolls in my developing tank I accidentally turned on the light in the film loading room before I had completely closed the developing tank. The light entered the tank and proceeded to expose the film while it was wrapped up in the tank and created the film strip pattern you see at the bottom. The scratch line pattern above I think is the reflection of the inside of the tank and I love how it fades from the filmstrip silhouette into the image of the bridge above. This is a prime example of an accident that turned out to be happy. I'm actually seriously considering making a photo book called Accidental Photography and having a bunch of photos in it that are all happy accidents. More on that later...