Light Keeper

Light Keeper

Here come real stars to fill the upper skies, And here on earth come emulating flies, That though they never equal stars in size, (And they were never really stars at heart) Achieve at times a very star-like start. Only, of course, they can’t sustain the part.” Robert Frost Tiny lights shimmer and speckle summer nights. Why do fireflies never sustain a consistent glow? They flicker to and fro. I wonder if we are all like fireflies, an incongruous brightening and diminishing light. How can you keep the light? Creating “Light Keeper” August 19th was an absolutely fantastic Wednesday!  Why?  Because David Talley brought Concept Collaboration to Buffalo for a meet-up!  Which brings us to this picture.  Meet Gus Castillo. He’s a pretty fantastic fellow and was a great model.   He went to high school  with David back in LA.  Around four and a half years ago, he joined the Air Force as a Photojournalist.  After spending a year in Florida he was off to Germany for three years, and after getting into the Newhouse School, He is now in Syracuse.  Also, he loves naps… and eating, lots of eating (his words not mine!). We went out to shoot at Akron Falls park, its was a lovely scene with photographers and strangely dressed models scampering all across the rocks and waterfall.  I wanted to create an image with an old light bulb, so of course this photo involved turning a day scene into night… as you can see below!  (Special thanks to Robert Cornelius for inspiring me to start using GIFs!) And now for a detail shot! And closer! Much...
When Life Hits (Pause) 365

When Life Hits (Pause) 365

Another year on pause. Another year of limbo, in between, almost there but not quite yet. This is the first fall I’m not returning to school.  In may I completed my masters degree, instead of it ending with an  “!”  it ended with a   “. . .”   now what? Now I have a confession, life isn’t going the way I had it planned. This was supposed to be the year that I got into my dream MFA program, the one that would give me the credentials and experience needed to eventually become a professor.  The program was full and I need apply again, I need to wait until next year.  This was the year I could have gotten a full time job as an art teacher.  I came in second, instead, I will be a substitute teacher again. In a lot of ways I feel like I am caught in the middle of   “. . .”   waiting for the next big thing to happen. This is another year on pause because it’s a waiting period.  Pause is a time for new beginnings. The beautiful thing about pause is that it gives you time that may not have been afforded before.  Imagine what you could do with a year that suddenly (unexpectedly) becomes empty.  Imagine what an artist can do with a blank canvas.  While in the midst of this “wait a little longer” I am going to hush my incessantly worrying mind and harness opportunity.  There is a “resume” button on the horizon. This year, every day I will post a new photograph.  Note that I said “post”...
Butterflies with broken wings.

Butterflies with broken wings.

“Today my forest is dark. The trees are sad and all the butterflies have broken wings.” –Raine Cooper There is a brevity to beauty. Every day is between two bookends of a watercolor sky. A caterpillar gives way to wings and soon after sets as the sun. The forest is dark. The trees are sad. The butterfly’s wings are broken. Outtakes I still loved the following photos, but they didn’t quite make the cut and didn’t tell the story the way I wanted to convey it.  Also, I owe a huge thank you to Lizzy for braving the insects of the forest!  Not only did she lay on the ground, snuggle a tree, and walk barefoot, but she also became an evening snack for mosquito’s (sorry dear!). Before/After Before we left the forest I caught a glint of red in Lizzy’s hair.  It was a moment that I could have easily passed by without a thought but I asked Lizzy to stay there for a moment.  When I lifted the camera, the most beautiful light leak appeared.  This series was about the butterflies and the light looked like wings!  After seeing the image SOOC I was determined to do as little editing as possible with the goal of enhancing the existing beauty....

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