What was happening in the U.S. when this penny was made? President: Dwight D. Eisenhower Vice President: Richard M. Nixon Population: 168,903,031 Life expectancy: 69.7 years Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.6 US GDP (1998 dollars): $438 billion Federal spending: $70.64 billion Federal debt: $272.7 billion Consumer Price Index: 27.2 Unemployment: 4.4% Cost of a first-class […]
A few years back, I bought some vintage Russian bellows for my my DSLR. I also found a beautiful 2.8/50mm Carl Zeiss lens that combined with the bellows, makes these beautiful macro shots. This image is from a simple 1970 (the year I was born) U.S. Penny. I love the clarity of the scratches , […]
Today we took a long walk with the dog in River Front Park. I knew that I was looking for imagery for today’s blog but I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. I shot photos of broken glass, a lone brave kid standing in the cherry creek and details of a public art piece […]
This plant totally reminds me of Audrey 2 from Little Shop of Horrors. I can’t wait until Spring when I can start gardening again. This year will be my first full growing season in our new house. Winter, your days are numbered!
Lately I have been thinking a lot about my failures in life. I’m absolutely at a crossroad in my life path. I’ve pondered the lessons learned as well as the mistakes repeated. This photo reminds me that even the worst failures can be turned into art. We have the power to create something from destruction. […]
This photo was chosen, in part, by my mom, Mary Lou Ball with the #39 which I believe she chose for my current age. This shot of an old 16mm film projector was taken at an artist retreat in 2008. It seems a shame that beautifully built equipment like this is rarely used these days. […]
This photo was chosen, in part, by a random selection by Shawn Britt with the # 123. This piece was shot on the back wall of The Other Side Arts. Back in 2002-2003, we allowed local graffiti artists to use the back of our building to create pieces. In this photograph you can see the […]
For the next few weeks I have asked friends to choose a number between 1 and 527 which correspond with folders in my archive. Each day I will use a different number chosen and create a piece from the photos in that folder. This piece was chosen by Christine Zipps with the # 11. I […]
This photo was taken of a truck in the town of Como, Co. If you’ve never been to Como, you have to go! It’s the strangest little town that looks like it could be abandoned, but it’s not. Many of the houses look like a junk yard office. It’s filled with visual treats for photographers. […]
Rust will always catch my eye. I love the variations in tone and texture in this piece. Decomposition is part of any life cycle. The process of steel oxidizing is one of the most beautiful to me.
This was taken in a tractor bone yard in Colorado. My good friend and talented artist, Anna Montgomery and I were invited to shoot photographs at this amazing yard of vintage farm equipment. We explored together and separately as we sought little visual treasures. The repeating patterns made this a prime target for my camera.
This shot was taken in a tractor graveyard in Franktown, Colorado. My good friend and talented artist, Anna Montgomery and I were invited to shoot photographs at this amazing yard of vintage farm equipment. We explored together and separately as we sought little visual treasures. I was attracted to the color and texture of this […]
I am always attracted to the industrial aesthetic. When I saw this gear on the ground behind The Other Side Arts, I knew It would become a favorite. The deep shadows give this piece a sharp and crisp feeling and remind me of playing around the railroad tracks as a kid.
Keys are the greatest source of frustration during frantic, rushed mornings when their whereabouts are unknown . They unlock the doors to what we most value, keep our secrets safe and symbolize a growing trust between two people when they are exchanged. In a world where technology is rapidly evolving, these primitive devices could be easily viewed as obselete. […]
For a moment, this grate at the base of the Milennium Bridge is transformed into a futuristic skyscraper with strange, circular windows. The relationship between the repetition of pattern and the arched lines create an assortment of dizzying perspectives.
One intriguing aspect of macro-photography is how it reveals entirely new worlds, rich in color and texture, from sometimes overlooked places. This shot of a tractor suddenly becomes a vast landscape with islands of paint on reefs of lichen.
Pencils may evoke memories of algebra homework and standardized tests but to an artist, a freshly-sharpened pencil holds endless possibility. The photograph’s narrow depth of field is sharpened, much like its subject.