Phish Stickers

 Posted by on November 30, 2019
Nov 302019
 

I got tickets to the Phish shows here in Charleston, a band that I have seen dozens of times since I was young. My all time favorite group. One of the best parts about this band is the community, the fans. I decided to create something to hand out at the shows.

I painted this in Virtual Reality with a program that makes you feel like you are spray painting on a gigantic wall. It’s awesome how you can “trick” your brain into thinking you are holding a can of paint and make you feel like you are in an alleyway or subway. I saved the final art and turned it into a sticker… I handed out about 60 of these at the shows.

The Tiny Tree

 Posted by on November 21, 2019
Nov 212019
 

My job ain’t too difficult here. Sometimes all I have to do is visit the beach, and the ocean washes up all kinds of art for me… This evening I was walking along the waves waiting for the sunset when I noticed this sea sponge that looked like a tiny tree. I dug a hole, placed it, moved some shells around, and snapped a photograph.

Transit Of Mercury

 Posted by on November 11, 2019
Nov 112019
 

I took this photograph of the sun today… If you look closely, there is a tiny black dot inside of it. That is the planet Mercury making it’s transit – passing between the Earth and the Sun – something that only happens a handful of times every century. This will not happen again until 2032, so we’ll have to wait 13 years.

Fun Fact: Mercury goes around the Sun very quickly, but spins very slowly, meaning a year would go by before a day does… So that Phish lyric was correct: “Your day is longer than your year!”

Poetry In Pictures

 Posted by on November 7, 2019
Nov 072019
 

When I take my camera out, my goal is to come home with one image that has potential. This evening I wanted to chase the sunset, but clouds blew in. Almost everything was covered, so I turned my eyes in other directions.

I noticed a black feather laying in the sand. I picked it up. I then noticed a little area of the beach that was catching light. I stuck the feather in the ground and called it macaroni… wait, no. I then zoomed way in, focused, and waited for waves to come in and out. This exposure with bubbles created a nice contrast. To me, even though simple, an image like this can speak to us on an emotional level that 95% of photography just can’t do. We shouldn’t be making photographs, we should be making poetry.

Mandala In The Sky

 Posted by on November 5, 2019
Nov 052019
 

Many times my work as an artist is unplanned. I do something, that turns into something else, then I combine it with something I did even before. Like a tadpole becoming a frog, it evolves and changes right in front of my eyes. Planning is good, but over-thinking can get in the way of unexpected progress.

Creating patterns from photographs has been an obsession of mine for the past year. Now I am spending a lot of time watching the sun. I decided to combine a mandala pattern (created from a photograph of sand on the beach) with a sunset image. To me, watching the sun is spiritual, and so the combination is quite nice. This quote really matches the feel of the image for me: “Emotions are like waves… Watch them disappear in the distance on the vast calm ocean.” – Ram Dass

Shark Teeth

 Posted by on October 21, 2019
Oct 212019
 

I have been looking for shark teeth for over a year and never found any. I guess I just didn’t know how to look, or what exactly to look for… Today, I made a deal with the devil (or someone, I never did specify a beings name) and a moment after I uttered the words, I saw a shark tooth… then another… and another. I now have a new hobby.

Fun Fact: A shark can go through about 30,000 teeth in their lifetime. Also, sharks have been around for about 430 million years – so there are actually a LOT of teeth in the ocean! That blows my mind.

The Birds, Edit

 Posted by on October 18, 2019
Oct 182019
 

When you spend much of your free time photographing sun rise and set, you have to find new ways of making the same thing look new. Go wide, zoom in, tilt the camera, shift the focus. In this image I wanted to make the foreground as meaningful as the background.

There were a bunch of birds hanging out on the beach. I set my camera then walked through them taking man exposures. They flew around then came back to the same spot. I did it again and again… In post, I blended a bunch of images into one, when allowed me to choose where birds are in the sky. The pier is clear in view, but silhouettes cover the rest of the scene. It’s okay to lie, sometimes.

Warp And Bend

 Posted by on October 10, 2019
Oct 102019
 

This image looks simple, but the process is not… I took a photograph then cut it in half. I then selected one single row of pixels along the side and copied them to a new canvas. I copied and rotated that line of pixels around again and again until it created a circle. Lastly, I copied the upper right corner of the circle, brought it back into the original document, and put it between the halves making it look like it is bent.

Imagine an image like this printed and put in an L shaped frame that curves around a fireplace mantle, or something. I think that would be quite something. Quite the conversation piece… Others simply edit photographs – I warp and bend them.

Photo Patterns Project

 Posted by on October 5, 2019
Oct 052019
 

Over the past year, I challenged myself to create a new photo pattern nearly every single day and post them to Instagram… I don’t really like Instagram, so I just deleted my account, but now I have well over 200 weird patterns from this project, and a TON of custom Photoshop actions to create them.

Here is a short video I made quickly just to display them all. Really shows a wide range of digital media too: Photography using Nikon and Fujifilm cameras, processing in Adobe Photoshop, video editing in Adobe Premiere, and even the audio track was recorded, manipulated, and mixed in Adobe Audition.

Sunrise In The Pier

 Posted by on September 24, 2019
Sep 242019
 

I work on the beach and so I thought I should wake up early and head down to photograph the sunrise, then walk right to my job. I normally only wake up when I have to, so let’s just say – it’s been a while since I saw a sunrise… It was beautiful. I forgot how tranquil it feels. I’m going to do this every week.

I used the android app “TPE” or “The Photographer’s Ephemeris” to plan my location. Simple but awesome app. It allows you to drop a pin on a map and see rise and set locations and times for the sun and moon. I knew exactly where to park and get ready for the sun to interact with the pier.

The Dreaming State