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Sandhill Crane Migration

Hi all! Last weekend I went to see the Sandhill cranes, who spend their winter in and around Wilcox, AZ. The total bird population ranges from 30-40K, although this year it has reached over 47K! These images were taken at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. You can view my full Sandhill Crane documentary here.

Trying something new

Since teaching social sciences and photography at high school, I’ve lost the time and motivation to continue developing my photography skills. It’s been years really – with the exception of helping out yearbook, teaching my students how to handle a camera, or shooting the occasional senior portrait – since I’ve purposely picked up my camera for the pure joy of it. Then @timothyeyrichstreet, a guest judge for my photography class end-of-semester final, reignited my photo soul via a simple 10 minute conversation.

I realized that I’d been mentoring students, but hadn’t had someone mentor me for a long time. In those 10 minutes, Timothy Eyrich opened the wonderful and thrilling street photography door back up for me, one that had been all but shut for years. He also reminded me of some good advice I received years ago from Leanne Cole. Find your niche, develop it, and stick with it. She gave me this advice because my portfolio of work was all over the place in terms of style and genre. Still is….

Street and night photography is my favorite genre in this artistic world we call “painting with light.” I think I learned that when I lived in Korea, spending day after day walking neighborhood and city streets with another photographer who also happened to be my good friend.

So, here’s to developing my own personal and identifiable style, sticking to one specific genre, and actually getting good at it! Here is a look into my home life. We are old car junkies and big time gear heads. Expect website changes and updates!

Catalina Mountains from Windy Point and the Wildfire

Last night a group of my former photography students and I went to Windy Point to photograph the skyline. We didn’t think we’d see the fire from there, just the smoke. In a matter of hours the fire had climbed over the next peak and was visible from our vantage point. As of 10:00 am today, people are being evacuated from the area at the base of the mountains. In this photo you can see the fire cresting the ridge (far right).

Here we are as a group earlier in the evening. You can see the smoke pluming behind us.

 

Breakers Water Park

One of the rewards of staying in touch with former students is that you get to be a part of their life even after they’ve graduated. This weekend one such former student, Caleb Trainor, arranged for me and a handful of my current photography students to do some night photography at Breakers Water Park.  Caleb had done some drone imagery of the park recently and the owner happened to see it, making a connection which led to official access of the grounds this weekend.

Originally constructed in 1982, Breakers Water Park provided the people of Tucson, AZ with cool, family fun for nearly 35 years. Today the park is officially closed, and while it is kept under lock and key awaiting a buyer, people still illegally enter to vandalize the property. The graffiti makes for neat photography, but I’m sure the owner does not appreciate it. As a former patron in my youth, it was very odd coming back to the park in its current state. Pangs of sadness were mixed with nerdy, photography exclamations like, “Oh! Those paint cans make an awesome picture!”

Remember trying to get up the ladder at the deep end of the wave pool? That was quite a feat! What are your favorite Breakers memories?

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Behind the Stage

I recently did some behind the scenes photography for a local organization, Kids Unlimited, a place for young performers who wish to explore the excitement of singing, dancing and acting with other children who share this interest. According to their website, “No other organization in Tucson provides the unique performance classes where students learn a diverse combination of dance, musical theatre, voice and drama by professionals who have entertained across the United States and abroad.”

I really enjoyed the access I was given to the goings on behind the stage and before the public performance. I had no idea how much work goes into live performances! And, all of their actors, singers, and dancers are 18 years or younger. Whoa!

Here are some of my favorite images from a week’s worth of a “backstage pass.”