A Laundry Story

 Added to March 26, 2021
Mar 262021

Our dryer stopped working, so I was stuck with a bunch of wet laundry. So frustrating. I loaded up the car, grabbed a bunch of quarters, and headed to a Laundromat down the road… Inside I met an old Asian woman who, though she couldn’t speak English too well, showed me around and gave recommendations.

On my way back to pick up the clean laundry, I stopped and bought a bunch of colorful flowers. I loaded my laundry into the car, went back inside, and handed the lady the flowers. “My dryer broke and you saved the day by helping me out, so these are for you.” I knew she was smiling even though we were both wearing masks. She then showed me a vase with old perishing flowers in her office, and said how great these will look… I am not looking for praise. I do stuff like this and never tell anyone. I mostly wanted to share this story because we need more “community” or small random acts of kindness… It sickens me that Asian folks are being targeted with hate crimes because of this virus, but it’s also nice to just spread positivity instead of being mean or ignoring one another. I know it won’t change the world, but it probably changed her day.

Distorted Photography

 Added to March 18, 2021
Mar 182021

I developed a process in Photoshop to turn photographs into strange painterly abstractions, and no, I won’t tell you how it’s done! I basically found a way to distort and blend an image into itself over and over. Many times the final product is uninteresting, just a mess of pixels, but every so often you get a real winner. This was a simple photograph of tree bark. Now it looks like some dark and haunting painting.

Beach Portrait

 Added to March 14, 2021
Mar 142021

I don’t normally take many portraits. Some people, that’s all they do. I don’t really care for pictured of people. That said, every so often I step out of my comfort zone to make something new. We went out to the beach for a fun shoot, but the sky was incredibly boring that day, so I lied. I added a sky I photographed months earlier when a hurricane was passing by the ocean. It made such amazing textures. Let’s face it, nothing about portraits are real anyway. Everyone has tons of makeup on, studio lights, and photoshops out the “flaws” in post. Well, I changed the sky.

Relaxing Spot

 Added to March 10, 2021
Mar 102021

I was riding my OneWheel down the road, through a few neighborhoods, and came across this little swing on a huge tree. It’s my new relaxing spot. It’s nice to ride there in the evening and just swing a bit. I like stuff like swinging, or riding a bike, or going for a swim – things that brought you such joy as a child, but as an adult they still bring your mind right back to those memories.

Upward Growth

 Added to March 3, 2021
Mar 032021

I was out photographing and noticed all the bright yellow lines surrounded by dark green leafs, and I knew I had to take this image in a new direction. Years ago, I used to spend hours and hours, over the span of many days, just to edit one image. Now I seem to be drawn to “effects” that are quite simple.

The Dreaming State