It’s Been A Productive While

I just realized I haven’t posted since April which is much longer than I’d prefer, but I’ve been quite busy! With what you ask? Why with Moving!

You see, the wife had gotten a job offer from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and so we packed up all of our art and books, threw everything else in the garbage and drove 1800 miles from Ogden to Huntsville. The drive itself wasn’t much to write about, but we did make a few stops of varying levels of relaxation or stress. One of which was Memphis, TN. I’d had much higher hopes for the city as I’ve heard very good things about the nightlife and downtown. But, having arrived in downtown, on a Friday Night no less, I was saddened to learn not a lot was happening except for a few of the local bars were packed to the brim. We I still 21, that might have had some appeal to me, but given I’m an old fart now, standing shoulder to shoulder with a bunch of loud and smelly bar people seems like the opposite of a good time.

Instead, I went on the roof of the hotel and took some pictures. Here’s one of the “Famous” Peabody Hotel in downtown:

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You may notice for this post the photos look a little different than my pictures usually do and that’s because I edited them on my phone using PS Express instead of Lightroom. It’s not nearly as good, but for the ability to post a quick shot to IG (which you should follow me on @earthquakephotography) which is all I’ve been doing as of late, it works rather well.

After leaving Memphis, we drove a few more hours where we finally hit our new home state of Alabama:

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I’ll be 100% honest here (so if you work for the State of ‘Bama, take note): This sign is awesome. It’s probably one of the coolest “Welcome to X” signs out there. It’s carved marble with great patina, and has tons of most excellent character. However, it’s not nearly as big as you might be thinking, or all that easy to see. In fact, it’s largely covered by some bushes, behind a typical big-ugly-green-road sign that says “Welcome to Alabama” in the typical shitty ‘road sign’ font. Why would you put up a garbage road sign when you have something or quality and substance nearby? Shame on you Alabama. Shame.

For what it’s worth, the sunsets here are just about as good as they were in Utah. Here’s one from my front porch:

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I’m also quite thrilled to see that Huntsville seems to have an art scene, although upon a quick google search, the hip young people art place is out of business (Boo!). Nonetheless, you can find things like this down the alleyways of downtown Huntsville:

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Hopefully before too long I can get out and do some solid exploring in the area. Until then, hang tight peeps! It’s gonna be a clunky shift …

-D

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#Ogdenwide Photowalk for Q1 2017

This weekend presented another fantastic opportunity to hang out with some excellent people and shoot some thing I normally would have never even stopped to look at. One of the great things about the group is that people of all shooting styles and skill levels show up and meander about town like a flock of flamingos (or foreign tourists) snapping pictures of every nook and cranny along the route. What it provides for me is a different perspective on how other view the world, or what they find visually appealing. So even though most of the time a lot of us will shoot the same object (or set of objects) never have I seen two photos look alike. So much so, that by now it’s starting to get kind of weird. You’d think there would at least be one or two overlapping images, but nay! It’s all original and it’s all most excellent.

Instead of boring you with commentary on each of the shots, here’s the pictures I liked and posted up online:

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One thing of note (or maybe two), in the last two photos, I spent roughly about 3-5 minutes waiting with my camera focused and pointed through the tire, for someone, anyone to walk into the frame. I was starting to lose hope of getting a candid shot and almost went to grab someone to stage it which Zach (@zachary.leroy on IG) wandered in. So the lesson here: Patience! You can get the shot you want, if you just wait! Or if you’re super impatient, grab another human being (or whatever) and stage it!. It’s all the same when printed and framed.

The very last shot of the grouping involved another buddy of mine being willing to sit on a very gross and sketchy looking chair thing. Thank goodness for his adventurous spirit. You can follow him on IG as well (@atomritchey)

I hope you enjoyed these all as well, and as always, until next time –Thanks for reading!
-D

#notmypresidentsday Protest

Today, at around 9:30am a few hundred people gathered in front of the steps of the Salt Lake City and County Building in Washington Square to protest the current administration. Armed with homemade signs and rigorous chants the crowd rallied around a message of unity pushing back against the President’s recent actions which include: Attempting to ban Muslims from entering the US, The announcement of a wall along the border of Mexico, and The reinstatement of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The March began at 9:00am sharp in front of the Wallace Bennett Federal Building, as protests walked from there to Washington Square to the chant of “This is what Democracy looks like”. While the initial crowd seemed small, dozens of protesters joined along the way to amass a sizable crowd.

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The top image is of one of the main protest organizers rallying the audience prior to the march. I selected the other two as an interesting feature hopefully to push the idea that the ability to march, while a protected right under the Constitution, is also a privilege not afforded to all of us. While some Utahan’s march through the streets to express their concerns and angst against what will likely be one of our worst President’s, there are others who struggle simply to get from one day to the next. Let us not forget them as we make our stand for equal treatments and progressive values.

Once the crowd had arrived at Washington square the group was greeted in an opening statement/prayer by local Native American, who asked for Trump to see the error of his ways:

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The crowd cheered off and on as the young man discussed the current situation at Standing Rock and called for everyone to consider lending them their support in any way they can. In addition to the opening speaker, the protesters heard talks by a handful of other Utahans’ which included a trans-gendered individual who spoke about the need to rally against oppression and fear-mongering.

Another speaker, a young black man, stood up in front of the audience and spoke of his extensive education and how little it matters to some people who see him only as a black man, or worse an ape.

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He was eloquent and vicious, and he spoke about not letting fear dictate our decisions or interactions with one another. He also had one of the best one-liners of the day when he told the crowd he was “An ape who could solve differential equations.” I had a good chuckle at both the line, and how uncomfortable his adjectives were making those who listened. There is most assuredly an issue or disconnect, especially here in Northern Utah where diversity is not what it could be to say the least. Having to see a well educated and well spoken man, discuss how his skin color has an effect on the way he is treated tends to make the exceptionally white people around here somewhat skittish. However, in his speech he called on the group to stand as one people, as brothers and sisters, not divided by any sort of contingent characteristics but as those who share a progressive value set. Of the handful or so speakers, I felt that his speech was by far the most impassioned and powerful.

In addition to the fiery speeches and cheering hoard, there was (as there always are with such public gatherings) some people whose method of speech stood out to me more than others:

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In addition, there were of course the rabble-rousers who slinked about the outer edges of the protest chanting pro trump slogans such as “Trump for a second term” or “Illegal immigrants are criminals”:

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I have to admit I was surprised there was only the two of them. I would have expected the basement dwelling trolls to be out in a stronger force. It’s as though these two were simply walking by on their way to do something else and decided to just hang out and yell stupid shit for a few minutes.

Last but not least, Capitalism at its finest! I mean, what good is a protest if you can’t find a way to turn a quick buck off it?

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All in all, it was good morning full of civic engagement with a couple of solid photo-ops. I do plan on making it out to more of these and hopefully even getting some more politically charged studio work in here in the near future. So stay tuned for that. As always, until next time — Thanks for reading!

P.S. In relation to my previous post, if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts here’s the number to the helpline: 1-800-273-8255 or you can text “CONNECT” to 741741. This will likely be a common addition to my posts for the next little while. So keep sharing and keep the conversation open. Remember, you are loved.

The Right Place at the Right Time: The Peery Apartments

As part of my mission to get out and shoot more, I took another walk today, this time opting to head eastbound up 24th. Originally, I had wanted to check out one of the churches on the corner, but it was unfortunately all closed up and I was forced to find something else. Luckily, as I mosey’d down the street, I came across a boarded up apartment complex that has been built in 1910. While wandering around the outside looking to see if there was a way in, I happened upon the woman who manages the place! Turns out, they are working to remodel the inside of the building to update it and start renting out the apartments again. In our small talk I mentioned that I was just out shooting photos and was interested in old buildings and architecture. Since she was waiting on a plumber to come by and take a look at a few things, she asked if I’d like to see the inside, to which I jumped at the chance. And boy howdy am I happy I did!

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Not only did I get a full tour of the building, it turns out her mom had lived in the building for 28 years before it got closed down and she was well versed in every nook and cranny of the place. This gave me the opportunity to snap some cool photos from a series of apartments. Mostly, because my awesome tour guide knew which apartments had all the best accouterments like this ornament over one of the fireplaces:

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Or these awesome heaters in the various bedrooms:

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Seeing these types of things always forces me to wonder why we don’t put this kind of effort into anything anymore. It’s also primarily the reason that both my wife and I agree that when we get to the point where we are going to buy a home, we want something old. I want the ornate woodwork on the stairwells, and the embellishments in all the finer details. I mean, just look at the interior stairwells for crying out loud:

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And on top of all of that, one of the cooler parts about these apartments, is that they’re trying to keep as much of the old stuff as they can during the renovation. So things, like these awesome mailboxes:

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Or this sweet vintage call-box system in which you can buzz an apartment from the front door all Seinfeld status:

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Of course, what good is a trip into an old, dirty, run-down building without a few pictures of some grimey stuff or some crunchy textures? Don’t worry dear reader, I’ve got you covered on that front as well:

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All in all, it was an awesome little excursion and the lady who manages the apartments was super sweet. I look forward to them being finished in all their old meets new glory (i.e., they plan to keep the apartments mostly the same and simply add new appliances and some cool modern features). I also hope you’re enjoying these posts as much as I do because with any luck, they won’t be ending anytime soon!

As always, until next time –Thanks for reading!
-D

Jumping the Gun on a New Me: Mid-day Photowalk

For the regular readers, you’ve likely noticed a sharp decline in the posts I’ve been making. After switching roles at work I got into a bit of a funk where I felt wholly unsatisfied with my job and my current state in the world. In turn, it led to me not getting and out and shooting as much and seriously lacking inspiration. Earlier this week, I decided that wasn’t good enough anymore and I needed to shake things up some. I promised myself I would simply “be happier”, I’d work harder, and I’d also push to focus on the things I care about more. One of those obviously being photography. I figured that if nothing else, I could burn up my hour lunch break at work by instead of sitting around on my phone, going out for a walk and snapping some photos of random things. It would of course be mostly downtown Ogden near my office, but for now it would force me to shoot something. Anything really.

Yesterday was day one of the new method and it went exceptionally well as while I was wondering the street behind my work, I caught a few construction workers who were working on the old Keisel Building, which I’ve wanted to explore the inside of for a while, and I asked if I could poke around. They said it was fine but just look out for stray nails and such as it was a construction zone after all.

As it currently stands, the building is mostly done with the demolition side of the long term renovation plans and the interior has been pretty much gutted. However, there are still a number of the more interesting embellishments from the original building which made for some neat photos. Since the Kiesel building was primarily office spaces and home to a number of businesses, one of the cooler features was the mail chute that ran alongside the elevators from the top floor to the bottom:

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Aside from those, the elevator control mechanism on the top floor was open to dig through as well as a huge vault on the first floor:

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Outside of the fun, little things, I got a cool shot of the stairwell, and a fun picture of a busted up window on one of the top floors:

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Finally, I got up to the roof where I got a panorama shot of the clouds rolling in over the mountains now that our first good snow is completed:

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All in all it was a great day. I got some good work done, I got some sweet photos, and my mood was much better than it had been in a while. Even a nasty puddle was looking pretty good:

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So hopefully I will be posting here a little more often, as I get out and shoot more and who knows, maybe I’ll find the inspiration I’ve been wanting (even though I’m not sure what it would even look like at this point).

As always, until next time –thanks for reading!
-D

Learning A New Trick: Spinning Wool

Last night was a blast as I got to head out for a couple hours with my buddy Zach (IG: @zacharyleroy). One of the primary goals was to try out spinning some wool for a cool shot. When he first mentioned it I had legitimately no idea what he was talking about, but once we got to work, it all made sense, and it made for some killer photos. I won’t go into detail into how it works here as I’m sure there are a hundred other blog posts or how to’s somewhere in the bounds of a google search, but what I will show you is the end result:

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This shot was our very first attempt with only the theory available to us. Luckily, it was about as easy as it sounded and my friend was able to masterfully spin that wool like an old hand. After some discussion on where some other spots would be that would work out for that “perfect shot” we decided to put this on hold for a little bit and just wander the streets of downtown and see what we can find. Within about two minutes, we found a huge puddle from the rain storm the previous day with a gritty, ugly backdrop. Who knew we’d stumble into an excellent shot so quickly:

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So of course, we had to take a shot at spinning here as well. Once again, Zach threw down some sick spins and we ended up with this beauty:

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With not a lot of other options in the area, we took our stroll downtown and just snapped what we could find. I took a few more shots at the puddle prior to leaving it and ended up with one I am really happy with:

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From there, I found a stairwell and some street art:

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A few more puddles, one in particular with a pretty good reflection:

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and of course, who doesn’t take two way selfies when presented with such options:

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Photo Courtesy of @zacharyleroy

Photo Courtesy of @zacharyleroy

Great minds think alike eh?

There are still a few shots in mind we want to complete and hopefully we’ll get those together soon. In the meantime, that’s it for this post. If you like the shots, be sure to check out the sop in the top corner and help support my art making addiction. As always, until next time –Thanks for reading!
-D

Exploring the Salt Lake Urban Arts Fest

Saturday night was a fun filled date night with the wife in which we had originally planned to grab dinner and hit up a Vietnamese Lunar celebration as it sounded like a fun photo opportunity. We did have a wonderful dinner, but instead of the Lunar Festival, we opted instead to pop into the Urban Arts Fest, which was right next to where we parked, so I could walk off the unnecessary amount of delicious food and drink I partook of.

Much like any other art festival it was set up with a couple of stages, and a ton of booths for people to sell off whatever art-thing they had made. There were a ton of super talented artists out there (I’ll have a list of links at the bottom of the post) and I recommend hitting up their websites and buying as much of their stuff as you can! Me however, I made it a point to focus on the stages and the large graffiti pieces being done at the show. I got a couple of fun shots of those works in progress:

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I’m pretty interested to see how the last one looks when finished, so hopefully there will be a record of that since I wasn’t able to make the show today. As for the stages, one had a number of local rappers, DJs, and other musicians doing there thing, none of which provided the photo-op I was hoping for. Mostly it was a combination of bad lighting and them running about the stage like a crazy person. On the other stage however, there was a dance troupe called Samba Fogo. It was a fun show to watch with heavy drum rhythms, and leaping women. I happened to catch a pair of shots I was pretty happy with, but it would have been nice to get a little closer to the stage. Sadly, there were a number of people taking video of the set, so I figured I wouldn’t get in the middle of that and ruin someone else’s shot. Here’s the two shots:

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Like every other art related event my wife and I go to, we bought a few small pieces to add to our already large collection of eclectic decor. I’m hoping that in the near future I can start making these types of venues an option for myself and maybe sell some of my work. Nonetheless, it was a good time all around. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot more to say about it, so I’ll end it here. As always, until next time –Thanks for reading!
-D

Those links as promised:

https://stevestonesart.com/

http://www.ahfractals.com/

https://www.facebook.com/colunga.art

https://www.facebook.com/monster.mike.artist